SHENANDOAH, Texas - Action continued on Thursday at the 2015 NCAA Division III Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with preliminaries and finals contested in 10 swimming events in addition to the men opening their portion of the diving competition on the one-meter board. The Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference, along with the city of Shenandoah, Texas, is serving as host of the championships which are being contested at the Conroe ISD. Results | Team Scores - Men | Team Scores - Women | Schedule | Live Scoring | Photo Gallery
The Trinity University men's 200 free relay team earned a spot in the evening's consolation finals after coming home in 10th place in prelims in a time of 1:22.12. The four-man squad of Kevin Thomas, Stephen Culberson, Adam Thomas and Isaac Johnson, who finished 13th in the event a year ago, put together a consolation swim of 1:21.90 to win the heat, earning a ninth place finish and honorable mention all-America status.
In the men's one-meter diving session which took place earlier in the afternoon, Colorado College's Austin Howlett finished in 19th place with a score of 403.25.
On the women's side, the Trinity 200 free relay team of Lindsay Hagmann, Lauren Cuda, Lydia Jones and Bethany Rysak finished just one slot out of qualifing for the consolation finals, placing 17th in a time of 1:35.63.
Individually, junior Olivia Dilorati of Colorado College finished just .04 seconds and one place out of the evening's consolation final in the 100 fly, placing 17th in a time of 56.56. She will also swim in the 100 and 200-yard backstroke races later in the meet.
In the overall standings, the Trinity men are tied with the University of Mary Washington for 15th place with 34 points. Defending champion Kenyon College leads the way with 287 points, and Denison College is second with 209 points. Emory University slipped to third with 145 points while Williams College with 143 points and Claremont-Mudd-Sripps Colleges with 128 points round out the top five in the standings.
On the women's side, Trinity has 17 points and is tied with Hope College for 23rd place. Defending champion Emory University leads the way after the second day of action with 323.5 points followed by Denison University with 252 points and Williams College with 213 points. Kenyon College with 195 points and Johns Hopkins University with 141 points round out the top five.
Friday's schedule includes women's 1-meter diving, and will feature Trinity first-years' Danielle Freund and Sarah Kate Mrkonich. Freund became an All-American with a fifth-place finish on the three-meter board on Wednesday, while Mrkonich placed 15th for Honorable Mention All-America recognition.
Trinity swimmers are also scheduled to compete in the men's 100 backstroke, and the men's and women's 800 freestyle relays. Preliminaries begin at 10:00 a.m., and the finals start at 6:00 p.m.
Action continues tomorrow morning and runs through Saturday evening - culminating with the crowning of the 2015 men's and women's national team champions.
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