Luther Finishes 14th at 2014 NCAA III National Swimming & Diving Championships

After four days of competition Luther finished 14th with 74 points at the NCAA III National Swimming & Diving Championships. 

Day One Results: The 200 medley relay of Clare Slagel, Erin Connolly, Lexi Scharmer and Emily Anderson placed seventh in tonight's finals earning All-American honors. The foursome posted a time of 1:44.65.The Norse qualified for the finals with a school record time of 1:43.29. This is the first time a Luther relay has earned All-American honors in this event.

Slagel also swam the 500 freestyle. Slagel finished 19th in the prelims with a time of 5:01.00.  

The top-eight place winners for both individual events and relays earn All-American honors.

Day One Complete Results

Day Two Results: Slagel, Connolly, Scharmer and Anderson earned honorable mention All-American honors today after placing 10th in the 400 medley relay. The Norse qualified for the B-Finals with a school record time of 3:50.10 and then proceeded to break this mark clocked at 3:49.34 in tonight's finals.

This foursome also swam the 200 freestyle and placed 25th of 29 teams with a time of 1:38.95. 

Individually, Scharmer competed in the 100 fly and placed 41st during the prelims with a time of 58.16.

Tomorrow, Slagel and Connolly will attempt to earn All-American honors in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke respectively. 

Day Two Complete Results

Day Three Results: For the second time in as many years Clare Slagel earned All-American honors in the 100 backstroke. Slagel placed third in tonight's finals clocked at 54.55. Celia Oberholzer of Kenyon won the individual title with a time of 54.33, while Taylor Kitayama of Johns Hopkins was second at 54.48.

Slagel's time was a new school record by .20 seconds. During the prelims, Slagel set a new mark of 54.75.

Erin Connolly placed 25th of 36 competitors in the prelims of the 100 breaststroke. Connolly posted a time of 1:05.45.

Day Three Complete Results

Day Four Results: Clare Slagel became the first swimmer in Luther College history to claim an NCAA III national championship.

Slagel set a new school record of 1:58.38 while capturing the national championship in the 200 backstroke at tonight's fourth and final night of the national finale. Slagel finished just ahead of Taylor Kitayama of Johns Hopkins who touched the wall at 1:58.74. Slagel qualified for tonight's finals with the fastest time in the prelims clocked at 1:58.74.

Her national title was her third All-American honor of these championships. She also earned All-American honors swimming the first leg of Luther's seventh place 200 medley relay and placed fourth in the 100 backstroke, bringing her career total of All-American honors to five. Last year, Slagel placed fourth in the 100 backstroke and third in the 200 backstroke.

Emily Anderson, Slagel, Lexi Scharmer and Erin Connolly competed in the 400 freestyle relay and placed 28th in the prelims with a time of 3:36.37. This mark was the second fastest time in school history.

Day Four Complete Results



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