Women's Swimmers Finish Eighth At NCAA's

March 7, 2006

The Panther women's swimming and diving teams finished eighth out of 51 teams scoring at the NCAA Championships hosted by Carleton College in Minnesota. Top eight finishers earned All-American status, while 9-16 were garnered honorable mention honors.

Sophomore Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) earned a pair of second place finishes on the day, as well and an eighth place finish. Her time of 55.68 placed her second in the 100 fly, setting a new varsity and NESCAC record. She also placed second in the 100 fly (2:04.76), while coming in eighth in the 200 IM (2:07.97).

Placing third in the 1,650 free was sophomore Sara Cowie (N. Balm Beach, Fla.) with a time of 17:09.49. Cowie also finished 10th in the 500 free with a time of 5:02.57. Sophomore diver Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) came in seventh place in the three-meter competition with 431.05 points, while placing ninth in the one-meter event with 395.80 points. First-year racer Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) earned a 14th place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:06.89.

In relay action, two Middlebury relays earned All-American honors, while another pair were honorable mentions. The 800 free team comprised of Suppan, Ross, Cowie and first-year swimmer Cornelieke Lammers (Hingham, Mass.) set a new school record with a fifth place finish in 7:41.05. The team of Ross, juniors Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.) and Liz Rice (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand) came in seventh place with a time of 1:37.16.

The 400 medley team of Suppan, Ross, VanderVeer and sophomore Katie Chambers (Mountain Lakes, N.J.) finished ninth in 3:57.27, while Suppan, VanderVeer, Chatikavanij and senior McKenna Moreau (Canton, N.Y.) finished 16th in the 200 medley relay (1:50.32).

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