Women's Swimming 13th at NCAA Championships With One Day Remaining

GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Tufts University women's swimming team jumped three more places to 13th in the team standings on the third day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships Friday.

Sophomore Amy Socha finished fourth in the 200 butterfly to lead the way. The Jumbos also scored ninth in the 800 freestyle relay and sophomore Lily Kurtz was 15th in the 100 breaststroke.

After placing fifth in the 500 freestyle on Wednesday night, Socha did one better this evening with her 2:02.25 time in the 200 butterfly for fourth place. She had been third in Thursday morning's prelims with a 2:03.02 mark. The fourth in an NCAA final matches Tufts' best since Mika Sumiyoshi was fourth in the 200 individual medley (IM) at the 2004 NCAA's. Diver Lindsay Gardel was also fourth in the 2010 one-meter event.

The 800 freestyle relay only competed in the night session due to their top eight qualifying mark (7:28.71). The foursome of junior Grace Goetcheus, freshman Mary Hufziger, senior Colleen Doolan and sophomore Abby Claus swam a 7:31.14 for ninth place tonight. It's the best relay finish for the Tufts women in recent history. Tufts had some All-American (top eight) relays during a strong NCAA run in the 1980s, though that exact information is not immediately available.

Kurtz finished the 100 breaststroke consolation final in a 1:04.58 time tonight.

With their 35 points scored today, the Jumbos now have a 76 team total for the meet. They go into the final day of NCAA's tomorrow with at least a good chance for their first top 20 finish since 1990. Emory leads the meet heading into the final day with 351 points. Kenyon is second at 340.

Socha achieved her second All-American honor of the week with her finish in the 200 fly. She also has two honorable mention (places nine through 16) awards this week. Tonight's 800 freestyle relay earns honorable mention All-American honors, as does Kurtz. Hufziger now has three honorable mention swims this week. Claus and Kurtz picked up their second each, as did Doolan. It's the first for Goetcheus.

Clause and Doolan also competed in the 200 butterfly with Socha today. Both were top 30 nationally as Doolan timed 2:05.24 (21st) and Claus had a 2:06.59 finish (27th).

The Jumbos end NCAA's tomorrow with Hufziger in the 100 freestyle, Kurtz in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay also competing.

The national championship meet is being held in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.