Women's Swim Team Places Seventh At NCAA's

March 16, 2008

The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving team turned in an impressive seventh place finish at the 2008 NCAA Championships. NESCAC schools claimed several top honors on the weekend, with Amherst placing second and Williams coming in fifth. Senior Marika Ross (Shorewood, Wis.) won her fourth NCAA title in her career, defending her 200 fly event with a time of 2:01.49. Ross was just .64 seconds from winning the 100 fly crown, finishing in second place with a time of 55.72. Both performances earned Ross All-American honors.

A pair of Middlebury relay teams also both earned All-American status, the 200 and 400 free relay squads. The team comprised of Ross, senior Pam Chatikavanij (Bangkok, Thailand), sophomore Katie Remington (Madison, Wis.) and first-year swimmer Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) placed fourth in the 400 with a time of 3:29.40, while coming in seventh in the 200 (1:36.82).

Seven other Middlebury swimmers earned honorable mention All-American honors, with top 16 finishes. Senior diver Alanna Hanson (Golden Bridge, N.Y.) came in 11th place in both the 1M (396.30) and 3M (412.55) events, while sophomore Kate Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) came in 13th in the 200 fly (2:08.33). Senior Sara Cowie (N. Palm Beach, Fla.) was the other top individual, placing 16th in the 1,650 free (17:35.11).

The 200 medley relay team comprised of Chatikavanij, junior Catherine Suppan (Burlington, Vt.) and first-year racers Annie Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) and Jessie Ward (Pittsford, N.Y.) finished 10th in 1:47.88. Also placing 10th with a time of 3:56.51 in the 400 medley relay were Suppan, Ross, McDonald and senior Katie Chambers (Annapolis, Md.). Middlebury's 800 free relay team placed ninth in 7:42.73, with members Ross, McDonald, Chambers and Cowie.