SWIMMERS COMPETE AT NCAA'S
March 23, 2009
The Panther swimming and diving teams took part in the NCAA Championships from March 18th-21st at that University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Several Middlebury athletics turned in impressive finishes, including sophomore Emily McDonald (Chevy Chase, Md.), who earned All-American honors with a seventh place finish in the 100 free (51.12 - school record). McDonald earned a solid 10th place finish in the 50 free with a time of 23.57, also a new school record.
The women's 400 medley relay team comprised of McDonald, senior Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) and sophomores Jessie Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) and Annie Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) finished 13th overall with a time of 3:52.21. Suppan's time of 58.03 during her leg was a new school record in the 100 back. She also broke the school mark in the 50 back with a time of 27.09 during her leg in the 200 medley relay. First-year diver Meghan Collins (Darien, Conn.) finished the three-meter diving competition with 383.15 points, good for 16th place overall, while placing 19th in the one-meter event (366.70).
Two other women's relay teams earned top 20 finishes at NCAA's, the 200 free and the 400 free. McDonald, Ward, Friedlander and Suppan earned a time of 1:38.15 in the 200 free race, good for 18th place, while placing 19th in the 400 free relay with a combined time of 3:35.98.
Senior Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.) set a new school record in the 200 back for the Panthers, finishing 11th overall with a time of 1:50.59. Woods also broke the school mark with a time of 52.25 in the 100 back, earning him a 19th place finish. Senior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) earned a 10th place finish with his time of 1:40.58 in the 200 free, while placing 18th in the 100 free (45.41).
. end of season