March 18, 2010

UMW Swimming Delivers Four All-America Performances at Day Two of NCAA Championships

MINNEAPOLIS, MINN. - The University of Mary Washington swimming teams saw four All-America performances at day two of the NCAA Division III National Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center on Thursday night.

For the men, junior Stephen Clendenin (Ashburn, Va., Home Schooled) finished in 16th place in the 400 yard individual medley with a time of 4:01.91, after swimming 4:00.60 in the morning preliminaries. Also in the prelims, freshman Nick Eckhoff (Williamsburg, Va., Jamestown) placed 26th at 4:10.29.

The Eagle women had a big day, as the 200 yard free relay finished 15th in the finals with a time of 1:37.24. That relay consisted of Sarah Crockett (Toano, Va., Lafayette), Cameron Figuers (Cary, N.C., Cardinal Gibbons), Nina Michelle Sawyer (Warrenton, Va. , Liberty), and Adriana Lesiuk (Bensalem, Pa., Nazareth ). The 400 medley relay finished in seventh place in gaining All-America honors and finishing with a time of 3:54.47. Crockett, Megan DeSmit (Bridgewater, Va. , Turner Ashby), Sawyer, and Lesiuk competed on that relay.

Individually, Sarah Crockett finished 13th in the 200 yard freestyle with a time of 1:52.80, after going 1:51.55 in prelims to gain All-America honors for the fourth time this year. In other action on Thursday, freshman Cameron Figuers took 29th in the 400 IM at 4:39.19 and Nina Sawyer placed 17th in the 100 yard butterfly at 57.19.

After two days of competition, the men stand in 45th place, while the women are currently in a tie for 15th place with 34 points. The championships will continue on Friday.