Swimmers With Record-Breaking Week At NCAA's - Dillon Wins Two National Titles

March 21, 2010

The Middlebury men's and women's swimming and diving teams turned in impressive performances at the recent NCAA Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center. The men came in seventh among 58 scoring teams with 180, their highest finish in 11 years. The women placed 18th with 69 points among 51 scoring teams. Middlebury's John Dillon (Wellesley, Mass.) was named the male swimmer of the meet after capturing two NCAA titles.

Dillon was truly amazing, earning All-American honors in four different events, breaking numerous records. He became the sixth Panther in school history to win an individual national championship, accomplishing the feat twice. The junior captured the 100 fly with a time of 47.58, the second-fastest time in Division III history, just missing the national record of 47.43. The time was a new Middlebury school record, as well as a NESCAC record. Dillon followed that up with a win in the 200 fly, finishing with an astonishing time of 1:45.01. That school and NESCAC record time beat one of the oldest national records in the event, set back in '97. His third individual All-American honor came in the 200 back, where set a new school and NESCAC record with a second place finish in 1:47.27.

Sophomore diver Meagan Collins (Darien, Conn.) earned All-American honors with a third place finish in the 3M competition, earning a school record 475.7 points in the event. She finished 15th in the 1M event, finishing with 360.4 points. Senior Schuyler Beeman (Guilford, Conn.) also earned All-American status with an eighth place finish in the 50 free (20.68), while rookie Nora Daly (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) was ninth in the 200 free with a school-record time of 1:51.

First-year racer Jen Friedlander (Deephaven, Minn.) earned honorable mention All-American (9th-16th place) in three different events at the championship. She finished ninth in the 200 fly (2:03.92), 10th in the 400 IM (4:26.26-school record) and 15th in the 500 free (5:01.14).

Middlebury's relay teams were impressive all week, setting several school records. The team of Dillon, Beeman and sophomores Bob Divers (Dryden, N.Y.) and Nick Daly (Cape Elizabeth, Maine) earned All-American honors with a third place finish in the 400 free, setting new school and NESCAC records with a time of 3:01.02. Beeman, Daly, Divers and junior Jay Li (Las Flores, Calif.) were also All-Americans with a third place finish in the 200 free, setting a new school mark with a time of 1:22.01. The women's 800 free squad comprised of J. Friedlander, Daly, sophomore Katherine Loftus (Madison, Conn.) and rookie Audrey Tolbert (Perryville, Md.) finished seventh in 7:31.43, setting a new school record and earning All-American honors.

The men's 400 medley relay team of Beeman, Dillon, Daly and junior Matt Vukich (Madison, Wis.) set a new school record with a time of 3:23.57 in the prelims. Dillon's time of 48.66 in the 100 back was a new school record and the fourth fastest time in Division III history. The squad went on to finish 11th in the event with a 3:24.43 effort.

Dillon, Vukich, Daly and Beeman won the consolation finals in ninth place, setting a new school mark with a time of 1:32.25 in the 200 medley relay. Dillon's time of 22.48 in the 50 back was a new school and NESCAC record, while also qualifying as the second-fastest 50 back in Division III history. Placing ninth overall in 6:46.01, was the men's 800 free relay team of Dillon, Beeman, Divers and Daly.