SHENANDOAH, Texas.--Connecticut College first year swimmer Mary Erb of Readfield, Maine hoisted the program's seventh NCAA Crown in Shenandoah, Texas on the final night of the National Championship. Erb posted a time of 2:14.61 in the 200 yard breaststroke.
She joins her fellow stateswoman Kate Kovenock '05 as the women's swimming program's second NCAA Champion. Kovenock posted a time of 23.32 seconds in the 50 yard freestyle to win Connecticut College's first NCAA Crown in March of 2004. This is the first time a first year student athlete has won an NCAA Championship at Connecticut College. It's the third NCAA Championship for Head Men's and Swimming Coach Marc Benvenuti at the College. The Waterford native has instilled a sense of pride for the College and all of New London County.
The Camel women set a program record, placing 10th with a score of 101 points. They were the second highest finishing team in the NESCAC at this week's Championship in the Lone Star State.
Senior Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) closed out her career with an All-American performance in the 1,650 yard freestyle tonight, placing eighth with a time of 17:01.34. In the 400 yard freestyle relay, Julia Klier (Cohasset, Mass.), Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.), Juliette Lee (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and Lily Gribbel (Pleasanton, Calif.) posted a time of 3:28 to finish 16th for the Camels. They earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades for Connecticut College.
With their 12 points this week, the Connecticut College men finish in a tie for 37th place in the country with Gettysburg and Calvin.
Friday Night's Release:
Connecticut College senior Mike Fothergill (Medford, Mass.) posted a time of 49.43 seconds to finish 13th in the 100 yard backstroke at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in Shenandoah, Texas Friday. Fothergill is recognized as on Honorable Mention All-American for the Camels. The Camel men are in 32nd place right now with a score of 12 points.
The Connecticut College women's swimming team has scored 68 points in the first three nights of action to rank 12th in the country with one day to go. In the 800 yard freestyle relay, the Camel quartet comprised of sophomore Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.), Julia Klier (Cohasset, Mass.), Katie Hammond (Sea Girt, N.J.) and Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) posted a time of 7:34 to place 15th in the nation tonight. They are celebrating tonight in the Lone Star State as Honorable Mention All-Americans.
In the first three nights of action, the Camels have turned in All-American swims in seven events. Including tonight's competition, 341 Connecticut College student athletes have now garnered All-America accolades in the program's decorated history in the NESCAC.
Thursday Night's Release:
The Connecticut College men's and women's 400 yard medley relay teams are both celebrating in the Lone Star State tonight after turning in All-American performances on the second night of the NCAA Championship.
Sophomore Danielle Fergus (Pleasant Valley, N.Y.), first year swimmer Mary Erb (Readfield, Maine), senior Anna Peterson (Winnetka, Ill.) and sophomore Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.) posted a time of 3:47.07 to place sixth in the Championship Final.
Senior Mike Fothergill (Medford, Mass.) along with juniors Drake Freiberg (Glastonbury, Conn.), George Tilneac (New York, N.Y.) and AJ Pite (Orange, Conn.) finished 16th in the 400 yard yard medley relay with a time of 3:21.63 to earn Honorable Mention All-America honors for the Camels.
In the 200 yard freestyle relay, Julia Klier (Cohasset, Mass.), Haskell, junior Juliette Lee (Cold Spring Harbor, N.Y.) and Lily Gribbel (Pleasanton, Calif.) posted a time of 1:34.78 to place 14th tonight. They are all recognized as Honorable Mention All-Americans.
After two nights of action, the Camel women are sitting in 10th place with 64 points. Their highest score of 74 points was set at last year's Championship. With their eight points, Fothergill and the Camels have moved into a 33rd place tie with Linfield College.
Wednesday Night's Release:
Five Connecticut College Camels garnered All-America accolades on the opening night of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in Shenandoah, Texas.
In the 200 yard medley relay, sophomore Maeve Wilber (New Marlborough, Mass.), Mary Erb (Readfield, Maine), Lily Gribbel (Pleasanton, Calif.) and sophomore All-American Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.) posted a time of 1:42.47 to place sixth in the Championship final. All four Camels are honored as All-American for placing among the top eight in the country.
In the 500 yard freestyle, Connecticut College senior All-American and Winthrop Scholar Athlete Valerie Urban (Lancaster, Pa.) posted a time of 4:58.65 to place 14th, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors for the Camels. Haskell garnered Honorable Mention All-America honors by placing 14th in the 50 yard freestyle with a time of 23.67 seconds for Connecticut College.
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