There’s no hiding Springfield College junior Emily Medeiros’ swimming talent. From the time she arrived at Springfield, she has been a top competitor in the pool—but not many expected what she has pulled off.
What exactly has she pulled off? Well, she’s been to nationals all three years at Springfield, and on March 19, she capped off her junior season with an All-America honor in the 200 breast stroke at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The physical therapy major raced to a sixth place finish in the event in a time of 2:16.46. The 200 breast was not her only All-America honor of the week, however. Earlier in the week, Medeiros claimed All-America honors with a fourth place finish in the 100 breast by touching the wall in a time of 1:02.45. This was good for a new school record.
According to Springfield College Athletics, this marks the best finish from a Springfield College student-athlete in the 100 breast since Moria Price finished third overall in the 100 breast in 2008. “I was incredibly happy with how I performed at NCAAs. It was exciting to be named All-American again. Coming into college I never thought I could make NCAAs—never mind earn All-American so I am incredibly happy and grateful,” Medeiros said.
Competing at the national stage is certainly not an easy task. Going up the best can be intimidating and create nerves. However, since this was Medeiros’ third time around, the nerves were not much of a factor.
“It was really exciting to compete against the best student athletes in Division III,” Medeiros said. “When I was a freshman it was really intimidating to be at NCAAs, but now that I am a Junior I am able to enjoy the competition without being too nervous. Reminding myself of all of the preparation I have done for the past year and trusting my coach and myself helps to calm my nerves.”
As a junior, Medeiros will have a chance to compete at nationals for a fourth year and further improve her times and placing. Perhaps she could even be a national champion. Medeiros has continued to improve in the 100 breast on the national stage in each of her three trips to NCAA’s, as she was 12th in 2014 and fifth in 2015, according to Springfield College Athletics.
“Having a good year this year makes me only want to work harder to build on my performances for next year,” Medeiros said. “I look forward to doing even better next year.”
Alyssa Carle also competed at the NCAA tournament in the 100 breast. After finishing in 15 place in the prelims, she advanced to the consolation finals where she finished tenth with a time of 1:03.25. She earned All-America honorable mention.
“I was really happy to see my teammate Alyssa Carle drop her best time by almost a second from her morning swim and her night swim and earn All-America Honorable Mention Honors,” Medeiros said.
Delaney Dyjak also represented Springfield on the national stage, as she competed in the 100 free and finished 21 in the nation after a time of 51.52. Dyjak was the NEWMAC champion last month when she swam a 51.59 in the conference championship.
As a team, the Pride finished 22nd in the nation with 35 points.