Women's 200-yard medley relay team takes eighth place at NCAA Championships

From left to right, Suzy Ryckman, Emmy Daigle, Janika Ho and Caroline Apathy pose at the awards podium after placing eighth in the 200-yard medley relay at the NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, N.C., on March 20, 2019. (d3photography.com)

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.