Middlebury

Mackay Finishes Third in 100 Fly During Day Two of NCAA Championships

March 20, 2014

Middlebury senior Ian Mackay earned first-team All-American honors with his third-place finish in the 100 fly, highlighting the second day of the 2014 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships. The four-day event is co-hosted by Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation in the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.

Mackay swam the third-quickest time of 48.45 in the morning preliminaries. He rode that wave of momentum into the championship final, touching the wall in 48.10 behind event national champion Karl Mering of Whitman (47.91) and Samuel Gill of Connecticut College (47.92).

Through two days, Mackay’s third-place finish in the 100 fly (16 team points) coupled with his 11th-place finish Wednesday evening in the 50 free (six points) rank the Panthers 19th in the men's team standings with 22 points.

In the 400 medley relay, the team of Andrea Tibbetts, Jamie Hillas, Megan Griffin and Morgan Burke touched the wall with a 15th-place finish in a time of 3:50.65. In the morning preliminaries, the quartet touched the wall in a time of 3:50.55, breaking the school record established back in 2012. The school record marks the second of the championship for the team, as it broke its own 200 medley relay record yesterday morning in the prelims (1:44.17).

During Thursday morning’s prelims, the quartet finished in 19th in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:36.78.

Individually, Hillas tied for 31st in the 100 fly (57.19), while Griffin tied for 37th (57.76). Burke also touched the wall 27th in the 200 free (1:53.50), while Colleen Harper competed in the one-meter diving competition, but didn’t advance into the championship rounds.

After two days, the Middlebury women have racked up 30 team points, good for 16th place.

The third day of competition is scheduled to begin Friday morning with preliminaries at 10:00 a.m., while the finals are slated for 6:00 p.m.