The Ithaca College women’s swimming and diving team competed in the 2017 NCAA Championships from March 15–18 in Shenandoah, Texas. The Bomber’s finished the meet in 17th place with 65 points.
On the first day of competition, four bombers were named All-Americans and the team finished fifth with 48 points. Senior Grace Ayer finished seventh in the 200-yard individual medley, and junior Nickie Griesemer finished as the runner-up in the three-meter springboard, were named first team All-Americans.
Senior Lake Duffy was named an Honorable All-American after she finished in 16th place in the 50-yard freestyle. Ayer participated in the individual medley, where a time of 2:03.85 earned her a seventh place finish. In the championship final, she kept her seventh-place standing with a time of 2:04.03.
In the 50-yard freestyle, Duffy finished with a time of 23.53 to qualify for the consolation race, where she finished 16th with a time of 23.99
National Runner-Up Griesemer took second place in the three-meter springboard with a score of 497.20.
Juniors Katie Helly and Lindsey Suddaby finished 18th and 19th, respectively, with scores of 384.00 and 377.85.
In the 200 yard medley, the Bombers finished with a time of 1:44.10 in the prelims while they won its consolation heat with a time of 1:43.28. This time sets a new team and Empire 8 record.
On the second day of competition, the Bombers earned ten points which moved them to 11th place of the 44 women’s teams. In the 400-yard medley relay, the team earned Honorable Mention All-American standing as it finished 12th overall. Ayer, senior Samantha Reilly, sophomore Jaclyn Pecze and Duffy finished fourth in the consolation heat with a time of 3:47.48. This time is a new school record and Ayer also set a school record for the 100-yard backstroke with a time of 56.37. These four also competed in the 200-yard freestyle relay, where they finished 20th with a time of 1:35.81.
On the third day of competition, the Blue and Gold earned seven more points and finished the day ranked 13th with 65 total points. Ayer and Griesemer earned Honorable Mention All-American standing.
Ayer earned her fourth All-American performance of the four day event with a 15th place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke race with a time of 1:03.85 in the preliminary round. In the consolation heat, Ayer finished 16th with a time of 1:04.09 which earned the team eight points.
Griesemer was also named an Honorable Mention All-American in the one-meter springboard event. She earned a score of 371.60 in the preliminary round and a 399.25 score in the finals to finish in 11th place.
On the final day of competition, Duffy, Reilly, Ayer and Pecze were Ithaca’s only representatives. In the 100-yard freestyle event, Duffy finished 31st with a time of 52.11. In the 400-yard freestyle relay prelims, Duffy, Reilly, Ayer and Pecze finished 20th with a time of 3:30.05.