Athenas Finish Sixth At NCAA Championships
The women's swim team rewrote the CMS and SCIAC record books at the NCAA Championships this past week and scored 174 points to finish sixth overall. This was the highest finish in CMS history and the best finish by a SCIAC team since 1987. CMS has finished in the top 15 four straight years and in six of the last eight. Three individuals and two relays earned All-American honors at the four-day meet. Two individuals and the other three relays all earned Honorable Mention All-American honors. All five relays set CMS and SCIAC records and individuals set six CMS and five SCIAC records.
The relays were a key part in the team finish as relay scores
are double the individual points. The 200 medley relay set
the tone for the meet on day one with a fourth place finish.
The team of Jenni Rinker (SO, Eagle River, AK), Annie Perizzolo
(SO, Aurora, CO [pictured-left]), Katie Bilotti (FR, Orinda) and
Emma Jones (FR, Eugene, OR) combined to swim personal bests for
each leg and broke the CMS and SCIAC record by 1.5 seconds with a
time of 1:44.42. The same team combined to finish fifth in
the 400 medley relay with a CMS and SCIAC record time of
3:47.73. Rinker, Jordan Stewart (SR, Minnetonka, MN), Bilotti
and Jones finished 10th in the 200 free relay with a CMS and SCIAC
record time of 1:36.22. The same team in a different order
(Rinker-Jones-Bilotti-Stewart) finished 12th in the 400 free relay
with a CMS and SCIAC record time of 3:29.69. The team of
Carliann Brashier (SO, Highlands Ranch, CO), Rinker, Whitney Dawson
(FR, Portland, OR [pictured-right]) and Stewart finished ninth in
the 800 free relay with a CMS and SCIAC record time of 7:37.10.
Perizzolo earned double All-American honors by finishing second in the 200 breaststroke and fourth in the 100 breast. In the 200 breast, which she finished second in last year as well, she set the CMS and SCIAC record with a time of 2:16.55 in the prelims and reset the record to 2:16.19 in the final. In the 100 breast, she set the CMS and SCIAC record with a time of 1:03.09 in the prelims and then had the second fastest time in CMS and SCIAC history (1:04.04) in the final. Perizzolo also set a personal best in the 200 individual medley with a time of 2:10.12.
Bilotti, the 2009 SCIAC Swimmer of the Year, earned All-American honors by finishing seventh in the 100 butterfly with a time of 56.04. She set the CMS and SCIAC record of 55.56 in the prelims. She also earned HM All-American honors in the 100 backstroke setting the CMS and SCIAC record of 56.31 while finishing 10th. Bilotti also finished 27th in the 50 free with a personal best time of 24.10.
Dawson earned All-American honors by finishing a surprising third in the 1650 freestyle. She finished second in the event at the SCIAC Championships and was seeded 18th, but became the first SCIAC swimmer to break 17 minutes with a time of 16:58.48. The time broke the 11-year old CMS and SCIAC record. Dawson also broke the CMS record in the 500 freestyle with a time of 5:00.06 while finishing 19th and finished 47th in the 200 freestyle with a personal best time of 1:55.32.
Brashier earned HM All-American honors by finishing 10th in the 1650 free. She also broke the 11-year old CMS and SCIAC record with a time of 17:06.78. She also broke the old CMS record in the 500 free with a time of 5:00.47 while finishing 22nd and finished 38th in the 200 freestyle with a personal best time of 1:54.29.
Stewart finished 17th in the 400 individual medley (4:34.37), 29th in the 200 butterfly (PB 2:08.88) and 40th in the 200 individual medley (2:09.95). Rinker finished 30th in the 50 free (24.17) and 35th in the 100 back (58.95). Jones finished 58th in the 100 free (53.72) and 64th in the 200 free (2:00.25).