Parts of this release are courtesy of Wellesley Sports Information.
SHENANDOAH, Texas – Wellesley College junior Maura Sticco-Ivins scored 475.40 to win the 2017 NCAA Division III women's one-meter diving National Championship on Friday night at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. The NEWMAC saw an impressive three divers in the Top Six while nine individuals and three relay teams competed.
A two-time NCAA national champion in three-meter diving, Friday's win on the one-meter board is the first for Sticco-Ivins, following a runner-up performance at the NCAA Championships in 2015 and an 11th place finish in 2016. Already the only Wellesley College student-athlete to win two NCAA individual titles, thanks to her three-meter title earlier this week, Sticco-Ivins is now in a class of her own as the only three-time national champion in Wellesley history.
Sticco-Ivins entered the evening session in third place thanks to her score of 430.00 during Friday's preliminary 11-dive competition. She went on to finish with a score of 475.40 including a high score of 56.40 on her third dive to win the national championship. The 1-meter board this evening also boasted a third place finish from MIT's Vivian Zhou, a sixth place finish from Smith's Elly Stone and a 14th finish for MIT's Morgan Matranga.
In the swimming poll the NEWMAC saw impressive competition in the 200 Fly as MIT's Mary Thielking and Kayla Holman placed 11th and 14th on the women's side. For the men's event, the Engineer's Bouke Edskes was the National Runner-Up while his teammate John Matthews followed at 16th.
Jedryka went on the place 15th in the 100 Back, while on the men's side WPI's Jack Bauer finished 7th in the event. In the 100 Breast Springfield's Emily Medeiros claimed the 4th place finish while Coast Guard's Chasse Sodemann finished 6th and MIT's Justin Chiu finished 15th in the men's race.
The NEWMAC had three relays compete on Friday evening with MIT's foursome of Jedryka, Thielking, Katherine Pan and Addie Chambers finishing 7th in the 800 Free. In the same event on the men's side MIT's group of Dougie Kogut, Matthews, Peter Crocker and David Morejon took 6th while WPI's Andrew Bauer, Jack Bauer, Karim Elsayed and Seth Macdonald took 17th.