GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Bates women's swimming and diving team marked the first day of the NCAA Division III Championships by placing eighth in the 200-yard medley relay, winning First Team All-America honors for junior Janika Ho, junior Emmy Daigle, sophomore Caroline Apathy, and first-year Suzy Ryckman.
The Bates quartet recorded the seventh-fastest time in the event in morning trials, at 1:44.04, just off their season-best time of 1:43.87 and 0.15 seconds ahead of Washington & Lee, with the top eight teams advancing to the championship final in the evening session. Ho's opening 50-yard backstroke leg of 26.19 seconds broke the team record of 26.22 set by Whitney Paine in 2015.
Bates took eighth place in the final at 1:44.09, earning All-America honors for NCAA Championship rookies Daigle (Portland, Ore.) and Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.) in their first event of the four-day meet. Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), making her third NCAA Championship appearance, picked up her ninth career All-America honor and Apathy (Devon, Pa.) earned her sixth.
Bates' 200 medley relay team becomes the second in team history, and second in a row, to advance to an NCAA championship final and win First Team All-America honors, following last year's 400 freestyle relay team, comprised of Ho, Apathy, Monica Sears and Logan McGill.
Apathy will race in the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday as the top seed.