SHENANDOAH, Texas -- Maria Wetzel (Sr./Salem, Ore./West Salem) turned in her second career All-America Honorable Mention performance as she placed 11th with a school-record time of 4:27.16 in the 400-yard individual medley on day two of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
Wetzel posted a time of 4:29.62 during the morning prelims to earn a spot in the consolation final. She improved that mark by nearly 2.5 seconds during the evening session, breaking her own program standard as well as the overall MIAC record Wetzel established during the conference championships last month.
Caroline Mather (So./Highlands Ranch, Colo./Mountain Vista) was also in action on Thursday. After turning in an All-America Honorable Mention performance in the 50-yard freestyle yesterday, she raced in the 200-yard freestyle prelims. Mather reached the wall during the in 1:54.69, which ranked 42nd out of 50 competitors and did not allow her to claim a spot in the finals.
Both Wetzel and Mather will enjoy a day away from competition before closing their time at the Nationals by competing in their third event of the NCAA Championships on Saturday morning. Mather will compete in the 100-yard freestyle, and Wetzel will race in the 200-yard backstroke, an event in which she earned All-America Honorable Mention at the 2015 national championships.