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Emory keeps tradition rolling

2015 Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving

by Josh Weinreb

It’s hard enough to win one NCAA championship, let alone six in a row. Such success conjures phrases such as “dream team” and “dynasty.” The Emory University women’s swimming and diving team has accepted the pressure that comes with it all, earning its  sixth consecutive Division III title in Shenandoah, Texas.

“The pressure builds a little bit, sure,” said Eagles coach Jon Howell. “We have this wonderful tradition of winning. We know it’s been done before. At the same time, there is also added pressure for the freshman classes coming in. They don’t want to be the one that loses it.”

Emory’s championship performance was attributed to team depth. The Eagles swarmed the medal stand with second-, third- and fourth-place finishers. Emory totaled 145.5 more points than second-place Denison University. Howell called it a “true team championship.”

“They did a great job under unique pressures,” Howell said. “They feel part of a tradition.”

A tradition of winning that Howell attributes to mentoring, hard work and the togetherness that has blossomed from continued success in the pool. Succeeding together, he said, has created unbreakable bonds.

Howell and the Eagles aren’t focused on seven straight titles. For now, they’ll enjoy this one like it’s the first.

The Results

2015 Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving

Emory University 603, Denison University 455.5, Williams College 434

Margaret Guo, MIT

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