GREENSBORO, N.C. – The Tufts University women's swimming team finished 16th at the 2019 NCAA Division III Championships which concluded on Saturday. It's the highest place for the Jumbos since the team was also 16th in 1990.
On the fourth and final day Saturday, Tufts received a pair of honorable mention All-American performances from sophomore Lily Kurtz in the 200 breaststroke and the 400 freestyle relay. The Jumbos finished with a team score of 80 points. Emory won the national championshp with a 488 score.
The Jumbo 400 free relay foursome of junior Grace Goetcheus, freshman Mary Hufziger, senior Colleen Doolan and sophomore Amy Socha broke their own school record in the NCAA preliminaries on Saturday morning. Their time of 3:28.22 was better than their 3:28.76 qualifying mark from the NESCAC meet. In the national final on Saturday night they swam 3:28.80 for 16th place.
Kurtz was also 15th in the final of the 200 breaststroke tonight with a 2:19.57 mark. She scored in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes for the Jumbos this week.
Socha led Tufts with two All-American honors (top eight) for her fourth-place finish in the 200 butterfly and sixth in the 500 freestyle this week. She also had three honorable mention (places nine through 16) awards for the 100 fly and with the 400 medley relay and 400 freestyle relay.
Hufziger takes home four honorable mention honors for the 200 freestyle, 400 medley relay, 800 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay. Kurtz collected three honorable mention marks in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and with the 400 medley relay. Goetcheus (800 free relay, 400 free relay), Doolan (800 free relay, 400 free relay) and sophomore Abby Claus (400 individual medley, 800 free relay) all earned two honorable mention All-American awards. Freshman Emma Donchi was also a part of the 400 medley relay for her first honorable mention accolade.
Doolan, the only senior on Tufts' NCAA roster this year, won thre honorable mention All-American honors for her career.
For the week, Tufts had seven All-Americans combined. The team broke six school records (500 free, 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 fly, 400 medley relay, 400 freestyle relay).
With a best-ever second place finish at the NESCAC meet and now the program's best showing at NCAA's in 29 years, the future is bright for head coach Adam Hoyt's Tufts women's program.
The national championship meet was held this week in Greensboro, North Carolina at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.