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NCAA Swim Championships: Daher wins two more All-America honors, breaks two more records

Sara Daher won her 20th and 21st career All-America honors and broke two team records on the third day of the NCAA Division III Championships, March 17, 2017. (d3photography.com)

SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Bates senior Sara Daher won two more All-America honors and broke two team records, while junior Riley Ewing won his first individual All-America award on Friday at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships at the CISD Natatorium.

A day after shattering her own team 100-yard backstroke record in the opening leg of the 400 medley relay, Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) lopped another 0.24 seconds off the mark with her trial time of 55.49 seconds, fifth fastest in the field -- defying her 18th seeding in the event. Daher finished the championship final in 55.98 seconds, good for eighth place and her 21st career All-America honor, after capturing her 20th in the 800 free relay during the morning session of the meet. Daher entered her final NCAA Championship with 17 All-America honors, already more than any athlete in college history.

Ewing (Bedford, N.H.) made the consolation final in the men's 100 backstroke with his preliminary time of 49.54 seconds, 11th fastest in the field of 34 swimmers. Ewing's finals time of 49.76 put him in 15th place, good for Honorable Mention All-America honors and joining junior teammate Teddy Pender (16th place in the 100 butterfly on Thursday) as Bates' first individual event All-Americans since 1991.

The Bates women's 800 free relay team earned Honorable Mention All-America honors with a ninth-place showing and a time of 7:30.68. Daher led off the race, followed by junior Logan McGill (Dallas, Texas), sophomore Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.) and first-year Monica Sears (San Anselmo, Calif.). The race represented Daher's 20th All-America honor and the first for Faust, who made her NCAA Championship debut. McGill claimed her eighth career All-America honor and Sears her second.

A day after her three-year-old team record in the 200-yard freestyle was smashed by Sears -- who placed 12th in the event in 1:50.86 -- Daher snatched the record back with her opening leg of 1:50.60.

In other Bates highlights:

  • Sophomore Kristy Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) took 17th place in the 100 breaststroke -- one spot out of competing in the evening finals -- with her time of 1:03.99.
  • First-year Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.) placed 19th in the 100 backstroke with a trial time of 56.40 seconds, her career best.
  • Senior Dan Walpole (Montclair, N.J.) finished 25th in the 100-yard breaststroke at 56.46 seconds, breaking the team record of 56.69 he set at the NESCAC Championships in February.

With 63 points, the Bates women stand in 14th place out of 50 scoring teams -- second only to Williams among NESCAC teams. The Bates men are in 22nd place out of 48 teams with 21 points, fourth best in the NESCAC. The last day of the NCAA Championships gets under way at 10 a.m. Central Time.