Women's Swimming & Diving

Panther Women Conclude NCAA Meet With Two School Records

Nora O'Leary bettered her own school record during Saturday's 200-yard breaststroke.
Nora O'Leary bettered her own school record during Saturday's 200-yard breaststroke.

Middlebury ended the 2017 NCAA Division III Women's Swimming & Diving Championships with two school records on Saturday. The four-day event took place at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas and was hosted by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference and the City of Shenandoah. As a team, the Middlebury women scored 60 team points to finish 18th out of 51 teams that tallied points over the course of the championship meet.

Nora O'Leary erased her own school record during the morning preliminary swim with a time of 2:19.03 in the 200-yard breaststroke, good for 12th place and a spot in the consolation final. During the evening's race, she touched the wall in 2:19.90 for 14th place and Honorable Mention All-American accolades.

The second school record came from the women's 400-yard freestyle relay quartet of Morgan Burke, Frances VanderMeer, Isabel Wyer and Stephanie Andrews. The team posted a preliminary time of 3:26.42 to finish eighth and earn a spot in the evening's championship final. In the evening, the four swimmers raced to a time of 3:26.90 for eighth and garnered All-American honors.

Also competing on an individual basis during the final day was Morgan Burke. The fourth-year Panther swam to 21st place in the 100 freestyle in a time of 51.48.