St. Louis, Mo., May 6, 2019 – The No. 9-ranked Washington University in St. Louis women's golf team received an at-large bid to the 2019 NCAA Division III National Championship set for Tuesday-Friday, May 14-17 in Houston, Texas at Bay Oaks Country Club.
WashU earned its eighth NCAA bid in program history and its first under first-year head coach Mary Swanson.
The championships will consist of both team and individual competition conducted concurrently. Following 54 holes of competition, the field will be cut to the top 15 teams and top six individuals not on one of those teams to compete the final day.
The Bears won their first four events of the 2018-19 season and finished the regular season with a scoring average of 308.18. WashU has two student-athletes ranked in Division III's top-50 and an additional one in the top-100.
"We are very excited about the opportunity to compete at the National Championship representing WashU," said Swanson. "This bid is a reflection of the depth of this team and a season of achievement for all of the members of this program. We are looking forward to prepping this week and getting to Houston to compete for WashU!"
Senior Chloe DiPetrillo is the highest ranked Bear at No. 45 and earned All-University Athletic Association (UAA) First Team honors. She had four top-five finishes in 10 tournaments played, while also finishing in the top-10 of two additional events. DiPetrillo's 77.65 scoring average is the top mark for the Bears and she shot a career-best one-under 71 during the opening round of the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic.
Freshman Julia Dai also averages in the 70s for WashU, posting a 78.39 scoring average in 18 rounds of golf played. She is ranked 53rd nationally while shooting in the 70s in 10 rounds played this year. Dai earned UAA All-Tournament honors by placing fifth overall at the UAA Championship and was recently selected to all-UAA Second Team.
Ranking 85th in Division III is freshman Lydia Tsai. In 14 rounds of golf, she has posted a scoring average of 78.36. Tsai was named UAA Athlete of the Week on Sept. 24 after medaling in a dual meet with Lindenwood with a season-best one-under 71. She also earned All-Tournament honors by tying for third place at the UAA Championship. In addition, Tsai was awarded all-UAA Second Team accolades.
Junior Emily Carnes has totaled a scoring average of 81.75 in 16 rounds played. She posted a career-best 32-hole total of 153 (75, 78) during the George Fox Westbrook Invitational. Carnes has tallied seven of 16 rounds of golf shooting in the 70s.
Freshman Rachel Rhee has an 82.09 scoring average after 11 rounds played in seven tournaments. She has totaled three rounds in the 70s including a personal-best 77 on the second day of the Illinois Wesleyan Fall Classic.
Senior Sabrina Ho tied a personal-best this season when she finished the two-day George Fox Westbrook Invitational with a 14-over 156 (78, 78). She placed sixth at the UAA Championships by finishing with a strong five-over par 77.