Swim and dive at NCAAs
Carnegie Mellon was represented by one swimmer and one diver for the women’s swimming and diving teams and five swimmers for the men’s swimming team at the 2008 NCAA Division III championships March 13–15. The meet, hosted by the College of Wooster, was held at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio.
First-year Molly Evans ended the weekend with two All-America honors and one All-America Honorable Mention. Her teammate, junior diver Charlotte Jennings, competed in her first NCAA championship meet and was awarded an All-America Honorable Mention.
Molly Evans’ All-America Honorable Mention resulted from a first-place finish in the consolation final for the 500-yard freestyle. She dropped over seven seconds for a personal best of 4:57.59, also breaking the school record.
In the 100-yard backstroke, Evans finished fourth overall and broke her own school record with a time of 57.53. The performance earned Evans her first All-America honor. In her later event, the 200-yard backstroke, Evans finished second in 2:01.44, breaking her record and earning another All-America honor.
On the one-meter board, Jennings finished 15th and earned All-America Honorable Mention. She ended her junior year with a 17th-place finish on the three–meter board.
Out of the five representatives in the championships, three Tartan men earned All-America Honorable Mention awards in their respective events.
The first of these, junior Tom McConnell, did a career-best time of 15:57.48, dropping five seconds off his time. His 12th-place overall finish earned him an All-America Honorable Mention.
Jeff Dahlen, a sophomore backstroker, earned two All-America honorable mention awards at the meet. The first came on Friday with his career-best swim in the 100-yard backstroke with a 16th- place finish and a time of 51.83. His second Honorable Mention award came when he finished 11th overall in the 200-yard backstroke in a time of 1:51.76.
Sophomore John Johnson also finished well in the 200-yard backstroke, earning All-America Honorable Mention for his career-best time of 1:51.80. He finished 15th overall in the event.
The other Tartan men who participated in the meet were sophomore Jason Huber in breaststroke events and first-year Alex Hanson in the 400-yard IM and relays.