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Women's Championship: Day 1 Recap

Minneapolis – Concordia-Moorhead’s Anne Cullen set a new NCAA Championships record in the one-meter diving event and Williams College’s Lindsay Payne also set a new meet record in winning the 200-yard individual medley to highlight first-day action at the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Cullen, a bit of a surprise winner, broke an 18-year old record by scoring 455.20 for her first career national title. Payne, last year’s NCAA Championships “Swimmer of the Meet”, narrowly set a new national-meet record in 2:03.14, breaking Kaitlyn Ornstein’s record of last year. Ornstein was runner-up in 2:04.81.

Twenty-time champion Kenyon, trying to regain the title it lost last year to Emory, leads the team race with 151 points. The Eagles are close behind in second with 134 points, with Williams third at 88 and Calvin fourth with 87 points. Washington University (Mo.) rounds out the top five with 73 points.

Emory’s Sam White successfully defended her 500-yard freestyle title, winning in 4:55.24, only 0.13 seconds off the NCAA Championships record. Other winners included Calvin’s Becky Weima won the 50-yard freestyle in 23.30 to round out the individual winners. Kenyon with three first-year swimmers and a sophomore, won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:34.81, with Williams ending the evening with a victory in the 400-yard medley relay in 3:49.81.

Action in the three-day meet continues on Friday and Saturday at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center.

Individual Top Three
2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Day 1 of 3
Hosted by Carleton College
University of Minnesota Aquatic Center
200 Yard Freestyle Relay: 1, Kenyon College '' (Carlton, Elizabeth FR, Hurd, Brittany FR, Johnson, Allison SO, Wise, Jessica FR), 1:34.81. 2, Denison University '' (Hohl, Kristen FR, Klippel, Katey SO, Cassell, Megan JR, Novinger, Annamarie FR), 1:36.24. 3, Emory University '' (Hostelet, Sara FR, Holmes, Lyle FR, Nicholson, Sarah JR, Lawler, Jamie JR), 1:36.30.
500 Yard Freestyle: 1, White, Sam, Emory, 4:55.24. 2, Scott, Jenny, Washington Univ, 4:56.34. 3, Hinz, Holly, Emory, 4:58.15.
200 Yard IM: 1, Payne, Lindsay, Williams, 2:03.14!. 2, Orstein, Kaitlyn, Wash & Jeff, 2:04.81. 3, Sasser, Brittany, Amherst, 2:05.17.
50 Yard Freestyle: 1, Weima, Becky, Calvin, 23.30. 2, Carlton, Elizabeth, Kenyon, 23.74. 3, Masterson, Joanna, Suny New Paltz, 24.10.
1 mtr Diving: 1, Cullen, Annie, Concordia, 455.20!. 2, Deur, Erica,
Calvin, 439.25!. 3, Swett, Kendall, Lake Forest, 437.60.
400 Yard Medley Relay: 1, Williams College '' (Faughnan, Meghan SR, Payne, Lindsay SR, Haley, Chrissy SO, Edmondson, Lauren SR), 3:49.81. 2, Amherst College '' (Sasser, Brittany SO, Pettersen, Piper JR, Marvel, Mary FR, Stern, Meaghan FR), 3:52.13. 3, Kenyon College '' (Coker, Kate SO, Connors, Jessica JR, Korman, Danielle SR, Wise, Jessica FR), 3:52.88.

Team Scores (top 10)

1 Kenyon College KEN 151
2 Emory University EMOR 134
3 Williams College WMS 88
4 Calvin College CALV 87
5 Washington University WASH 73
6 Denison University DEN 70
7 Middlebury College MIDD 69
8 Amherst College AMH 60
9 UW Stevens Point UWSP 51
10 Claremont M-S CMS 43

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