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NCAA Swim Championships: Daher 5th in 200 IM; men 12th in 200 medley relay

Sara Daher competes in the 200 individual medley trials at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas, on March 15, 2017. Daher became an 18-time All-American with her fifth-place finish in the event finals. (d3photography.com)

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Already decorated with the most All-America honors in Bates athletics history, senior Sara Daher earned her 18th such award Wednesday night with her fifth-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley, highlighting the first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the CISD Natatorium.

Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) broke her own team 200 IM record set in 2015 by 0.09 seconds, swimming the championship final in 2:02.42, 0.90 ahead of sixth-place Julia Durmer of Emory. It is her second-highest national finish in the 200 IM, after last year's second-place showing.

In Bates' other main highlight, the Bobcat men claimed honorable mention All-America honors in the final event of the day, with a 12th-place finish of 1:30.69 in the 200 medley relay finals. Junior Riley Ewing (Bedford, N.H.), senior Dan Walpole (Montclair, N.J.), junior Teddy Pender (Muscat, Oman) and junior Jonathan Depew (Hudson, Ohio) broke the team record they set last month at the NESCAC Championships by 0.08 seconds. It is the first career All-America award for both Walpole and Depew, and the third for both Ewing and Pender.

Other Day 1 highlights for Bates:

  • Bates' women's 200 medley relay team placed 19th out of 25 teams in a time of 1:45.80. First-year Hannah Johnson (Brewster, Mass.) led off, followed by sophomore Kristy Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine), first-year Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) and junior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas).
  • Pender placed 24th out of 48 men in the 50-yard freestyle with a trial time of 20.76 seconds.
  • First-year Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.) placed 25th in the 500-yard freestyle with her trial time of 5:00.39.

The Bates women are tied for 20th place out of 37 scoring teams in the early standings; the Bates men are in 20th place out of 28.

The NCAA Championships' second day morning session starts at 10am Central in the CISD Natatorium, with the evening session beginning at 6pm.