Kuramoto, Schwallie Earn All-America Accolades at NCAA Championships
(GREENSBORO, N.C.) - The Carnegie Mellon University women's swimming and diving team began competition at the 2023 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Wednesday, March 15 with junior Kelli Kuramoto and senior Emilia Schwallie earning All-America honors and the 200-yard medley relay making the finals to kick off the championships with 28 points for the Tartans.
Kuramoto and Schwallie qualified for the finals of the 3-meter diving event with Kuarmoto leading the field by .25 points with 436.55 points and Schwallie in seventh with 409.70 points.
Kuramoto ended the night fifth overall with 421.20 points and Schwallie seventh with 409.10 points after the scores from the first five dives of the day carried over with the final six dives repeated during finals.
The 200-yard medley relay of senior Tiffany Tseng, freshman Audrey Lambert, freshman Grace Malinger, and freshman Eliana Szabo qualified 16th during the preliminaries with a season-best time of 1:44.98, topping the school record of 1:45.16 set on February 18 at the Kenyon College Fast Chance meet. For Lambert, Malinger, and Szabo, it was the first time in the water at the meet. Their time improved them from the 27th seed to making the finals.
The relay returned for the evening finals and finished 16th in 1:45.51 behind the performances by Tseng, Lambert, Malinger, and senior Mathea Myhrvold to earn All-America Honorable Mention accolades.
- With the divers finishing in the top eight, it marks the first time in program history two women finished as All-Americans in the same meet.
- The last women's diver to place in the top eight was Julia Pavia in 2006 when she finished fifth on the 3-meter board. Pavia owns the highest finish in women's diving history with a fourth-place showing on the 3-meter board in 2005.