Women's Swim Team Places Eighth At NCAA's

March 12, 2007

The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving team finished eighth overall out of 51 teams competing at the 2007 NCAA Championships last week. Junior Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) had a great weekend, winning NCAA titles in both the 100 and 200 fly events. Her time of 55.59 seconds in the 100 is a new varsity and NESCAC record, while she finished in 2:02.26 to capture the 200 fly for the second time in three years. Ross also placed ninth with a time of 4:58.87 to set a new school record in the 500 free.

Junior Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) earned All-American honors with a sixth place finish in three-meter diving, earning 413.20 points in the event. In the 1,650 free, first-year racer Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) was also an All-American, placing eighth with a time of 17:23.04. She also placed 12th in the 500 free in 5:02.90.

Other individual highlights include junior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.) with a 13th place finish in the 400IM (4:34.78) and junior Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.), who placed 10th in the 1,650 free (17:25.99).

Middlebury had five relay teams with impressive performances, led by the 400 medley team that placed fourth, setting a new school record and earning All-American honors with a time of 3:53. The team was comprised of Ross, Chambers, sophomore Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) and senior Barbara Van der Veer (Pittsburgh, Pa.).

Ross, Van der Veer, senior Liz Rice (New Canaan, Conn.) and rookie Katie Remington (Madison, Wis.) made up the 400 free relay team that finished ninth in 3:31.95. Placing 10th in 1:36.90, was the 200 free team comprised of Ross, Remington, Van der Veer and sophomore Lindsey Dattels (Wilmette, Ill.). Also placing 10th was the 200 medley team (1:48.92) of Chambers, Van der Veer, Remington and senior Rebecca Reingold (Oakland, Calif.). Cowie, Ross and first-year racers Beth Bacon (Novelty, Ohio) and Yu Wang (Beijing, China) made up the other top relay team, finishing 12th in the 800 free with a time of 7:47.94.