Tommie trifecta: Emma Paulson wins third event of NCAA meet

Tommie trifecta: Emma Paulson wins third event of NCAA meet

Saturday Post-Race Interview with Emma Paulson

St. Thomas junior Emma Paulson won her third individual race in four days on Saturday night and was named Most Outstanding Women's Swimmer at the Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Paulson won the 200 back (1:56.33) to go with titles in the 50 free and 100 back. She led the Tommies to 13th place with 82 points. She also joined teammates Alex Howard, Kate Smarjesse and Katelyn Strauss in a 10th-place finish in the 400 free relay (3:26.82) to close out the meet.

The St. Thomas men tied for 14th with 60 points. Tom Osmolak added points to the UST team total with his 12th-place finish in the 200 back (1:48.32).

 

Friday post-race Emma Paulson interview

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Friday story

St. Thomas junior Emma Paulson of Wayzata won her second individual title in three days with Friday's winning performance in the 100 backstroke (54.43) at the Division III Championships in Greensboro, N.C. She topped Luther College senior Clare Slagel by .35 of a second.

Paulson won the 50 free on Wednesday to claim the first individual national crown in program history. 

The Tommie women are in 15th place with one day left, and Paulson will compete in Saturday's 200 back, where she's seeded third. The UST men are in 13th place with 55 points.

Senior All-America Mike Lanz added another top-five finish as he placed fourth in Friday's 200 fly. Lanz also anchored the Toms' 800 free relay to eighth place in 6:41.39. Warren Melton, Bailey Biwer and Brady Anderson were others on the All-America relay.

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Thursday story

St. Thomas scored points in two men's races and two women's relays at Thursday night's session at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

At the halfway point of the four-day competition, the Tommie men are in 23rd place with 18 points, and the women are in 16th place with 28 points.

UST has one women's relay and five individuals scheduled to compete on Friday.

Mike Lanz placed fifth in the 100 fly in 48.28, earning 14 team points, for his third consecutive All-America honor in this event. A four-year NCAA qualifier, Lanz took sixth in 2014 and third last season.

St. Thomas' men's 400 medley relay team of Tom Osmolak, Max Hamilton, Lanz, and Bailey Biwer posted a 15th-place finish (3:21:21) to add four team points.

The women's 200 free relay unit of Emma Paulson, Alex Howard, Kate Smarjesse, and Tiana Molitor clocked 1:35.62 and placed 13th in the consolation finals.

Paulson, Molly Peichel, Katelyn Strauss and Howard placed 16th in the women's 400 medley relay in 3:52.22.

The men's 200 free relay of Biwer, Warren Melton, Brady Anderson, and Osmolak took 23rd in 1:25.56 and missed the consolation finals.

Melton, seeded 31st into the 200 free, clocked 1:40.01 good for 20th-place finish in the prelim session.

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St. Thomas junior Emma Paulson of Wayzata won the 50 free Wednesday night in day one of the four-day Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

Paulson becomes the first St. Thomas national champion in swimming and diving in the 33-year history of the women's program. She clocked 22.77 in both the prelims and finals, .11 off the Division III record. Her 20 points has the Tommie women in 13th place after day one. She improved from a fifth-place finish in this race as a sophomore at the 2015 nationals.

Paulson is also seeded first in the 100 back and third in the 200 back. A former Wisconsin Badger scholarship athlete, Paulson scored in the top five in three events last year as a sophomore in her first Division III national meet. Last month she won seven events to lead St. Thomas to its first MIAC women's team title in program history.

The Tommie men just missed by one spot in making the consolation finals of the 200 medley as Tom Osmolak, Max Hamilton, Mike Lanz and Bailey Biwer clocked 1:32.60 for 17th place in the prelims.

(Check back later for interview link with Emma Paulson.)

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Preview

St. Thomas Swim-Dive will compete in 23 events over the next four days, March 16-19, at the NCAA Division III Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

There are morning (9 a.m.) prelim sessions and evening finals (5 p.m.) each day. The top eight from the morning make the championship finals, while the next eight make the consolation finals.

Senior All-America Mike Lanz is seeded first in the 100 Fly. Tom Osmolak is ranked 12th in the 200 breaststroke.

Junior All-America Emma Paulson is seeded first in the 50 free and 100 back and third in the 200 back.

UST has four relays ranked in the top 15.

Last March, the Tommie women placed 15th at nationals and the men 25th. Paulson recorded three top-five individual finishes and also helped UST score consolation points on two relays. Lanz had two All-America placings and one honorable mention All-America honor.

 

Wednesday

Warren Melton is seeded 17th in the 500 free (4:34.34)

200 medley relay is seeded 22nd (1:31.63)

Mike Lanz and Tom Osmolak will compete in the 50 free prelims

Emma Paulson seeded first in 50 free prelims (22.86)

Women's 200 medley relay is seeded 22nd (1:46.09)

 

Thursday

The men's 200 free relay is seeded 22nd (1:23.80)

The women's 200 free relay is seeded 10th (1:34.53)

Mike Lanz is seeded first in the 100 fly (47.97)

Warren Melton is seeded 31st in the 200 free (1:40.39)

The men's 400 medey relay is seeded 15th (3:19.98)

The women's 400 medley relay is seeded 14th (3:49.24).

 

Friday

Mke Lanz is seeded 23rd in the 200 fly (1:50.76)

Katelyn Strauss is seeded 28th in the 200 fly (2:06.42)

Tom Osmolak is seeded 25th in the 100 back (50.27)

Emma Paulson is seeded first in the 100 back (54.61)

Max Hamilton is seeded 23rd in the 100 breaststroke (56.52)

The women's 800 free relay is seeded 15th (7:34.13)

 

Saturday

Tom Osmolak is seeded 12th in the 200 back (1:48.22)

Emma Paulson is seeded third in the 200 back (1:59.03)

Max Hamilton is seeded 32nd in the 200 breast (2:05.49)

The men's 400 free relay is seeded 20th  (3:03.76)

The women's 400 free relay is seeded 12th (3:28.02)

Warren Melton is seeded 22nd in the 1650 free (16:04.38)