(GAMBIER, Ohio) – The Carnegie Mellon University women's swimming and diving team continued competition at the Total Performance Invitational hosted by Kenyon College on Friday, December 1. Sophomore Mary Day (Warren, N.J./Mount Saint Mary Academy) and sophomore Emma Nicklas-Morris (Winston-Salem, N.C. / RJ Reynolds) each set a school record with five other times provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships.
Nicklas-Morris opened the individual events in the evening by placing third in the 200-yard butterfly in a career-best and school record time of 2:04.00. Freshman Jessica Li (Clarksville, Md. / River Hill) also swam a season-best in the 200-yard butterfly when she touched fourth in 2:05.62. Both provisionally qualify for the NCAA Championships with their times Friday evening.
Senior Emma Shi (Penfield, N.Y. / Penfield) had the best finish of the night in the 200-yard freestyle for the Tartans. Shi touched in 1:55.10 to place seventh in the B final with a career-best time.
Senior Kim Hochstedler (Mishawaka, Ind. / Penn) and junior Cassidy Smith (Carlisle, Mass. / Concord-Carlisle Regional) swam in the top final of the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night with Hochstedler swimming a career-best 1:03.98 and provisionally qualifying for the NCAA Championships while touching fourth. Smith also swam a provisional qualifying time when she finished sixth with a time of 1:04.42.
Day placed ninth in the 100-yard backstroke when she touched in 57.20. During the morning preliminaries, Day finished the event in a provisional qualifying and school record time of 56.71. She later swam the 50-yard freestyle and finished 16th overall in 24.16 with her best time of the day coming in 24.09.
Nicklas-Morris picked up another NCAA qualifying time in the 400-yard IM when she finished in 4:27.39 in the preliminaries. She led the Tartans in the event in the finals, touching fourth overall in 4:28.94. Senior Mary St. John (Bethesda, Md. / Sidwell Friends School) touched in 4:33.81 in the finals for seventh place and in 4:31.87 during preliminaries. Freshman Jessica Chau (Ridgewood, N.J. / Ridgewood) swam a season-best time of 4:30.78 in the event during the preliminaries and provisionally qualifies for the NCAA meet with the time.
Day, Hochstedler, Li, and Nicklas-Morris finished the meet in the 400-yard medley relay with a time of 3:53.09.
Earlier in the day, freshman Maddie Mianzo (Pittsburgh, Pa. / North Allegheny) placed second in the 3-meter diving event with 362.10 points. Fellow freshman Lillie Widmayer (Old Bridge N.J. / West Windsor Plainsboro) was third with 336.10 points.
The meet will conclude Saturday evening after finals in the 500-yard freestyle, 200-yard backstroke, 100-yard butterfly, 200-yard breaststroke, 100-yard freestyle, 200-yard IM, and 400-yard freestyle relay.