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SHENANDOAH, Texas – Lizzy Linsmayer '14 placed second in one-meter diving and the 800-yard Freestyle Relay took fifth as the Amherst College women's team held onto sixth place on Day Three of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships Friday. On the men's side, Tyler Bulakul '14 took sixth in the 200-yard Butterfly and the 800 Free Relay also placed sixth but the Jeffs slipped just below Stevens into seventh place in the team standings.
Earning 17 points for Amherst, Linsmayer followed up Wednesday's third-place performance on the high board with an even stronger showing at one meter as the junior scored a 458.85, trailing only Danica Roskos of the College of New Jersey (466.65) as she notched the highest finish of the meet to date for either of the Amherst squads.
In the next event, the Jeff women stayed hot as the 800 Free quartet of Ashleigh Stoddart '15, Emily Hyde '16, Lulu Belak '14 and Steph Ternullo '15 collected 28 team points with their fifth-place finish. Clocking a 7:23.40, the Amherst unit trailed Williams (7:21.96), Emory (7:20.85), Kenyon (7:20.84) and champion Johns Hopkins (7:19.14), with JHU's triumph helping the Blue Jays create some breathing room between themselves and the Jeffs in the battle for fifth place. With the event capping women's competition for the night, Amherst finished with 190 points to Hopkins' 209.5.
Earlier in the evening, Nicole Heise '13 picked up the Jeffs' remaining points with a 14th-place finish in the 200 Fly as the senior touched in 2:04.95.
Meanwhile, Bulakul started things in strong fashion for the men's team as the junior earned 12 points in the 200 Fly with his sixth-place time of 1:48.72. The performance allowed the Jeffs to keep a slim lead over Stevens for sixth overall, but it would not last the night as the Ducks' Simas Jarasunas won the 100-yard Breaststroke two events later to drop Amherst to seventh.
The Jeffs made up major ground in the session's final race, however, as the 800 Free Relay of Nick Egan '14, Parker Moody '14, Jeff Anderson '16 and Connor Sholtis '15 picked up 26 points with their sixth-place time of 6:39.80. With Stevens finishing 11th in the event, Amherst (130) drew within five of the Ducks (135) while staying ahead of eighth-place Redlands (118.5) heading into the final day of competition.
Day Four will kick off with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m. (Eastern) as well as the finals of the 1650-yard Freestyle which will preclude the men's three-meter diving qualification at the end of the first session. The evening events start at 7 p.m. with the 100 Free, 200 Back, 200 Breast, Men's 3m diving, and 400 Free Relay set to close out this year's championships.
2013 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships
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Day Three Results (only listed if finished in Top 16)
Women's 200 Fly: Nicole Heise -- 14th (2:04.95)
Men's 200 Fly: Tyler Bulakul -- 6th (1:48.72)
Women 1m Diving: Lizzy Linsmayer -- 2nd (458.85)
Women's 800 Free Relay: Stoddart, Hyde, Belak, Ternullo -- 5th (7:23.40)
Men's 800 Free Relay: Egan, Moody, Anderson, Sholtis -- 6th (6:39.80)