2021 NCAA WOMEN’S SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS
Freshman Emma Atkinson etched her identify in Virginia Tech historical past on Saturday evening on the 2021 Ladies’s NCAA Championships, tying the very best end on the nationwide meet by a girl in program historical past.
Atkinson positioned fourth within the 200 backstroke closing in a time of 1:50.43, equalling the ending place of former Hokie Jessica Botzum on the 2007 NCAA Championships within the 200 breaststroke.
Atkinson’s time additionally marked her second VT college file and private greatest on the day, having lowered her mark of 1:51.64 (set at ACCs) within the prelims all the way down to 1:51.47 earlier than taking a full second off of that tonight.
The 19-year-old’s swim was one in a handful of standout freshman within the 200 again, as 4 of the highest 5 finishers have been all first-years, led by nationwide champion Phoebe Bacon of Wisconsin (1:48.32).
Atkinson opened her debut NCAA meet by narrowly lacking her greatest time within the 200 freestyle main off VT’s 800 free relay (1:45.72), after which on Day 2, scratched out of the five hundred free earlier than main off the staff’s 400 medley relay in a brand new college file of 51.44 within the 100 again. On Friday, she took eleventh within the particular person 100 again (51.65).