Caroline Apathy ties for third place in 100 butterfly at NCAA Championships

Caroline Apathy swam the sixth-fastest time in preliminary trials of the 100-yard butterfly on March 21, 2019, at the NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Apathy went on to tie for third place in the championship final of the event. (d3photography.com)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Bates sophomore Caroline Apathy tied for third place in the women's 100-yard butterfly race, the program's best national finish since 2016, highlighting the second day of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Thursday. 

Bates also scored significant team points with a 13th-place finish in the 200-yard freestyle relay and 16th place in the 400 medley relay.

Apathy (Devon, Pa.) was the top seed in the 100 fly, based on her NESCAC Championship winning time of 54.54 seconds. She swam her preliminary heat Thursday morning in 55.07 seconds, sixth fastest in the field of 43 swimmers.

In the championship final Thursday night, only 0.33 seconds separated first-place Maia Hare of Williams and fifth-place Mary Laurita of Bowdoin. Apathy touched the wall in 54.90 seconds, identical to Alison MacQueen of Washington & Lee, and one-hundredth of a second ahead of Laurita.

Hare won in 54.58, leaving Apathy's NESCAC Championship time as the second-fastest recorded in Division III this year (Denison's Madison Hopkins swam her prelim in 54.51).

Apathy earned Bates' best national finish since Sara Daher was second in the 200 individual medley in 2016. She picked up her seventh career All-America honor.

Prior to the 100 butterfly finals, Bates placed 13th in the 200-yard freestyle relay, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors for junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), first-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.), sophomore Erin Bucki (Eagan, Minn.) and Apathy. Bates was seeded 22nd in the event but swam the 13th-fastest trial time out of 32 squads, at 1:35.15, with a slightly different lineup from the consolation final later in the day: Ho led off, followed by Ryckman, senior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.) and Apathy. Ho, Ryckman, Bucki and Apathy placed fifth in the consolation final, claiming a final 13th place. Bucki became the 26th All-American in team history with the performance and Ryckman gained her second All-America award in as many days.

Bates went on to take 16th place in the 400-yard medley relay, earning the final Honorable Mention All-America honors of the event for first-year backstroke leg Isabel Mohammadi-Hall (Saratoga, Calif.), junior breaststroke leg Emmy Daigle (Portland, Ore.), butterfly leg Apathy and Ho in the freestyle leg, swimming a consolation final time of 3:51.52. The squad swam its preliminary heat in 3:49.19, 0.06 under its qualifying time and 12th fastest in the field. Bates was seeded 14th in the event.

Ho earned her 11th career All-America honor with Bates' placement, while Apathy earned her ninth. Mohammadi-Hall gained her first career All-America honor, becoming the 27th All-American in team history. Daigle won the second All-America of her career and of the past two days.

Halfway through the NCAA Championships, Bates stands in 14th place among 39 scoring teams, with 47.5 points.

Friday's competition will include Daigle in the 100-yard breaststroke and the 800-yard freestyle relay, featuring Bucki, Faust, and first-years Maya Reynoso Williams (Somerville, Mass.) and Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.).