Women's Swimming & Diving

VanderMeer Opens NCAA Championships With School Record

Frances VanderMeer finished 14th during Wednesday's 50 free.
Frances VanderMeer finished 14th during Wednesday's 50 free.

Day one of competition is complete with the Panthers competing in three events at the 2018 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, highlighted by a school-record swim from Frances VanderMeer. The four-day event is taking place at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana, with Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation serving as the hosts. The second day of competition is scheduled to begin Thursday with preliminaries at 10:00 a.m., while the finals are slated for 6:00 p.m.

Competing as individuals on the opening day were VanderMeer and Maya Gomez. VanderMeer finished in a 14th-place tie during the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 23.62 for All-American Honorable Mention accolades. She lowered her own school record with a time of 23.41 in the morning's preliminary swim, erasing the time of 23.51 that she set during the NESCAC Championships. Gomez was 40th in the same event (24.02).

In the morning's preliminary swim, the 200-yard medley relay team of Sarah Bartholomae, Gomez, VanderMeer and Stephanie Andrews touched the wall in a time of 1:45.30 for 18th place. The effort just missed the evening's finals as the top-16 quartets advanced out of the morning session.

On the men's side, Mike Chirico competed in the 3-meter diving competition. He finished with 420.65 points, good for 15th place and All-American Honorable Mention accolades.