SHENANDOAH, Texas – Two members of the Carleton College women’s swimming and diving team competed on day one at the NCAA Division III Championships, and sophomore Caroline Mather (Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) led the way as she raced to a 12th-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, earning All-American Honorable Mention in her first event on her first visit to Nationals.
Mather posted a time of 23.49 in the morning preliminary swim, which ranked 14th overall in the 58-swimmer field. She returned to the water at the CISD Natatorium for the evening session and improved two spots by touching the wall at 23.37 in the “B” final.
She has two more events remaining on the schedule at the four-day national championships. Mather will take part in the 200-yard freestyle on Thursday and the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.
Joining Mather at the NCAA Championships is senior Maria Wetzel (Salem, Ore./West Salem), who is making her third consecutive trip to Nationals. She finished second in her prelims heat of the 200-yard individual medley with a season-best time of 2:08.16, but that performance was not good enough to claim a spot in the finals on Wednesday evening.
Like Mather, Wetzel will participate in two more events: the 400-yard individual medley on Thursday and the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday.