GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Tufts University women's swimming team scored in four events on the second day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships Thursday. They broke three school records in the process.
Sophomore Amy Socha erased Tufts' seven-year old 100 butterfly record with a time of 55.22 seconds to win the consolation final on Thursday night. The previous record was owned by Mia Greenwald from 2012 (55.33). Socha was the 19th seed in the event today and improved upon that by 10 spots. She had swam 55.86 in the prelims for 12th place Thursday morning.
The Jumbo 400 medley relay of freshman Emma Donchi, sophomore Lily Kurtz, Socha and freshman Mary Hufziger twice broke the record in the event on Thursday. They timed 3:48.84 in the prelims for 11th place and then matched that finish in the final, but with a faster 3:47.90 time. Both marks were better than the old school record of 3:48.90 set by the same group at NESCAC's this season.
Sophomore Abby Claus broke the school record in the 400 individual medley (IM) preliminaries in the morning with a 4:27.73 mark. She lowered the previous Jumbo standard of 4:28.66 set by Amanda Gottschalk in 2014. In the final on Thursday night, Claus swam 4:27.92 for 13th place. She entered the event as the 22nd seed.
Hufziger also posted a 1:51.30 time in the 200 freestyle final for 13th place after recording a preliminary mark of 1:51.61.
The Jumbos earned honorable mention All-American honors in each of these events. The two for Socha are added to her All-American (top eight) recognition earned by finishing sixth in the 500 freestyle last night. Hufziger also achieved two honorable mentions today. Claus, Donchi and Kurtz had one each. Other than Socha, the others received their first career All-American accolades of any kind today.
Also on Thursday, the Jumbos were 22nd in the 200 freestyle relay with freshman Hannah Spencer, Hufziger, junior Grace Goetcheus and sophomore Sasha Fong swimming. Fong also competed in the 100 butterfly (57.04).
The Jumbos scored 28 points in the four events to move up four places from yesterday to 16th place in the team standings (41 points total). Emory leads after two days with a 254 score.
Tufts has Socha, Claus and senior Colleen Doolan racing in the 200 butterfly tomorrow, as well as Kurtz in the 100 breaststroke and the 800 freestyle relay in action.
The national championship meet is being held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.