DESTIN, Fla. -- The roller-coaster ride continued for the Williams College women's golf team on Thursday at the NCAA Division III tournament.
The Ephs, who improved 26 shots from round one to round two in jumping from 11th place to fifth, went in the other direction in round three, combining for a 323 total, 19 shots worse than on Wednesday.
The bad news is that a national championship appears out of reach with the Ephs trailing first-place Mary Hardin-Baylor by 29 shots. The good news is that they remained in fifth place and still have at least a team medal, which goes to the top four finishers, within sight.
"At the start of our season our goal was to bring home something from the national championship," coach Erika DeSanty said. "That meant either to win a national title or finish in the top four. It doesn't matter if that means beating [fourth place and 15-time defending champion] Methodist or [third-place] George Fox. What we will try to do is control our own destiny."
In the individual race, Ephs junior Georgiana Salant, who was named a first-team All-American on Wednesday night, slumped to an 8-over 80 to fall eight shots behind leader Laura Lindsey (77). Salant's 54-hole total of 13-over 229 puts her in sixth place, but just one shot out of fourth.
Two bright spots for was the improved play of senior Becky Miller (80), who had struggled in the first two rounds, and the continued steady play of sophomore Shelby Shote (80). Sophomore Paige Whidbee, who was suffering from a case of pink eye that forced her to wear glasses, slumped from 75 to 88, while junior Emily Wickstrom shot an 83 after a 75 in round 2.
In the men's tournament, junior Cody Semmelrock shot a 1-over 73 and finds himself in a 10-way tie for 13th place with a 221 total. He trails leader Brad Shigezawa of Claremont Mudd Scripps by 10 shots.
The men's team missed the 36-hole cut in the team competition.