Bermuda’s Ashley Yearwood continued to add to her medal collection on day 2 of the Division 3 national championships .The first day saw her winning Silver Day 2 saw her winning another Silver and Bronze.
Denison had a strong tradition in the 200 yard freestyle relay at Nationals. In 2015 they won the Championships with a school record of 1:31.82. The Big Red had been getting faster each year of Ashley’s tenure .In her freshman The Big Red won Bronze in 1:33.15. In 2014 they again won Bronze with a time of 1:32.83. When they took the title last year it was tight battle for top honours with Emory.
In 2016 the battle would be between those rivals. In the Championship final the teams would be neck and neck from the sounding of the gun. The team of Carolyn Kane 23.11, Yearwood 22.80, Kate Wright 23.18 and Mary Van Leuven 22.70 went stroke for stroke with Emory and touched in a new school record of 1:31.79. It was under the old record 1:31.80. They were however out touched by the Emory team of Fiona Muir, Marcela Sanchez-Aizcorbe, Mega Taylor and Marissa Bergh who clocked 1:31.42. That final 200 freestyle relay record Ashley winning a medal of every colour in her four years at the Big Red.
Later that day the Communication major would be racing in her last 400 yard medley relay. Denison had not won a medal since 2014 when they won Bronze in 3:45.14. That medal drought ended as again earned a spot on the medal podium. Ashley started the team’s race to medal with a 56.03 backstroke split. Teammate Marissa Bednarek pressed the Big Red’s case with a 1:02.43 breaststroke split. Carolyn Kane had 55.24 butterfly split and Mary Van Leuven ensured the podium place with a 50.23 freestyle anchor leg. They won the Bronze medal in a total time of 3:43.93 just off the school record of 3:43.42.