Zhou, 800 Free Relay Take Home All-America Honors For Women's Swimming And Diving On Night Three Of NCAA Championship

Freshman Vivian Zhou
Freshman Vivian Zhou

THE BASICS:

- Event: 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship

- Results: 5th - 141 points (After Day Three)

- Location: Shenandoah, Texas (Conroe ISD Natatorium)

- The Lead: Freshman diver Vivian Zhou (Palo Alto, Calif.) and the 800-free relay team comprised of senior Veronika Jedryka (Arlington Heights, Ill.), junior Mary Thielking (Fishers, Ind.), sophomore Addie Chambers (Seattle, Wash.) and freshman Kathy Pan (Ann Arbor, Mich.) both earned All-America honors to highlight MIT's efforts on the third night of the NCAA Division III National Championship on Friday in Texas. With just one day left, the Engineers as a team are in fifth place with 141 points.

HOW IT HAPPENED:

- Zhou earned her second All-America award of the week as she placed third in the 1-meter dive with a score of 434.80. The freshman built on her effort from prelims this morning as she notched 406.00 points over her initial 11-dives. Zhou becomes the first student-athlete since Doria Holbrook '08 to claim All-America accolades on both boards at the national championship.

- Zhou was joined in the diving competition by sophomore Morgan Matranga (Moraga, Calif.), who scored 389.05 points for 14th place as she took home her fourth straight Honorable Mention All-America honor tonight.

- The 800-free relay team of Jedryka, Thielking, Chambers and Pan were also on the podium as their swim tonight of 7:29.95 was good enough for seventh place and All-America status. With the time, Jedryka made her way onto the podium for the second time this week, while it was the first podium appearance of the meet for Thielking, Chambers and Pan.

- Individually, Thielking and Jedryka also both earned Honorable Mention All-America honors in their respective events. Thielking touched the wall 11th in a collegiate-best time of 2:02.69 in the 200-fly, while Jedryka clocked a time of 56.97-seconds for 15th place. Thielking was joined by freshman Kayla Holman (Menlo Park, Calif.) in the 200-fly as she took home her second Honorable Mention All-America award of the week with her 14th place finish in 2:04.36. Holman's time of 2:04.29 during prelims was a collegiate-best for the freshman.

- In prelims this morning, freshman Priscilla Wu (Cincinnati, Ohio) registered a 27th place finish in the 100-breast in a collegiate-best time of 1:04.49 and was followed by junior Jessica Chen (Rockville, Md.), who was in 28th in 1:04.59. Additionally, freshman Nanette Wu (Cupertino, Calif.) claimed 35th place in the 100-back in 59.05-seconds.

UP NEXT:

- MIT returns to the pool for the final day of the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championship tomorrow beginning with prelims at 11:00 a.m. EST. The Engineers will have entries in the 1650-free, 100-free, 200-back, 200-breast and the 400-free relay with finals of all events beginning at 7:00 p.m. EST.

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