The Panther swimming and diving teams took part in the NCAA Championships from March 18th-21st at University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. Several Middlebury athletes 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.
Seven members of the Middlebury College men's and women's swimming and diving teams will take part in the 2009 NCAA Championships from March 18-21st. The event is taking place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center and is hosted by Macalester College. Emily McDonald has qualified in three different individual events (50 free, 100 free, 100 fly) for the Middlebury women, while Annie Friedlander (200 IM) and Catherine Suppan (100 breastroke) have also qualified. The three, along with Jessie Ward, will compete in the 200 & 400 medley and 200 & 400 free relays. Meagan Collins will represent the divers in both the one and three-meter events. On the men's side, Kevin O'Rourke (100, 200 & 500 free) and Zach Woods (100 & 200 back) will compete.
Several Middlebury swimmers were honored recently as the NESCAC announced its '09 All-NESCAC teams. The honor was achieved based on an individuals performance at the recent NESCAC Championship meets.
Meagan Collins, Annie Friedlander, Alyssa Ha, Emily McDonald, Catherine Suppan and Jessie Ward.
Schuyler Beeman, Nick Daly, Jay Li, Kevin O'Rourke and Zach Woods.
The Middlebury College men's swimming and diving team took part in the NESCAC Championships hosted by Wesleyan over the weekend. The Panthers finished the event in sixth place with 781 points, as Williams (1775), Tufts (1538) and Amherst (1364) comprised the top three. Senior Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) had an amazing day for the Panthers, setting three school records and earning five top-five finishes. O'Rourke finished second in the 200 free, setting a new school record with a time of 1:38.22, while also placing second in the 100 free (45.30). The senior earned a fifth place finish in the 500 free, earning a school-best time of 4:31.56, while also being a part of two key relay teams. O'Rourke's best performance may have come in the 200 free prelims, where he set a new NESCAC Conference, Meet and Wesleyan pool record with a time of 1:38.22
The Middlebury College women's swimming and diving team took part in the NESCAC Championships hosted by Bowdoin over the weekend. The Panthers finished the event in fourth place with 1,047 points, behind Williams (1827), Amherst (1429) and Tufts (1145). Sophomore Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) was a part of three impressive relay finishes, while capturing the 50 free with a school-record time of 23.92. McDonald also earned a second place finish in the 100 free (51.70-school record), while placing fourth in the 50 fly (26.22).
The Panther swimming and diving teams were in action at the two-day M.I.T. Invitational over the weekend, with five teams competing in a non-scoring meet. Junior Katie Soja (Sudbury, Mass.) earned a win in the 1,000 free (10:50.45), while first-year diver Meagan Collins (Darien, Conn.) finished second in the 1M diving event with 253.90 points.
Middlebury College women's swimmer Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) has been named the NESCAC Women's Swimming Performer of the week. The sophomore posted victories in both the 50-yard and 100-yard freestyle events in a meet against Williams over the weekend, with times were 24.58 and 53.12, respectively. McDonald was also part of the winning 200-yard medley relay team.
The Panther swimming and diving teams battled Williams on Saturday afternoon in the campus natatorium. The Panther men fell 163-134, while the women lost 185-115. Zach Woods (Monroe, N.Y.) had another big weekend for the men, winning three different individual events. The senior captured the 100 back (52.61), 200 back (1:55.62) and the 400 IM (4:17.51).
The Middlebury College swimming and diving teams hit the road on Saturday for a meet at Union. The women earned a 193-106 win, while the men edged out a 150-143 victory. Emily McDonald (Glenwood Springs, Colo.) won three events on the afternoon to pace the Middlebury women, as the sophomore won the 200 free (1:59.99), 100 free (51.20) and 50 fly-27.49
Middlebury College men's swimmer Kevin O'Rourke (Chagrin Falls, Ohio) has been named the NESCAC Men's Swimming Performer of the week. O'Rourke won three individual events and anchored the winning 400-yard medley relay against Hamilton last week. He took the 100-yard freestyle (47.65), the 200-yard freestyle (1:43.85), and the 500-yard freestyle (4:50.72).
The Middlebury swimming and diving teams each won their third straight contest as they picked up wins at Hamilton. The women cruised to a 212-88 win, while the men edged out the Continentals, 151-133.
The Panther swimming and diving teams opened up '09 with a pair of wins over Colby. The men were 181-89 winners, while the women picked up a 179-101 victory. The next day, Middlebury made it two straight wins as they completed a weekend sweep of Maine schools. On Sunday, the men defeated Bates 230-57, while the women were 210-89 winners.
The Panther swimming and diving teams hosted their first meet of the season as Amherst visited the Middlebury College natatorium. The Panther men were defeated 176-110, while the women fell 170-126.
The Middlebury College swimming and diving teams opened up their seasons with a busy weekend on the road. The Panthers took on Tufts and Connecticut College on Saturday, before visiting Springfield on Sunday. The men's team lost to Conn. 141-120, fell to Tufts 211-81, while dropping a 156-139 contest with Springfield. The women's squad defeated Conn. 168-127, fell 175-123 to Tufts, before dropping a 159-135 match with Springfield.