GREENSBORO, N.C. – Senior captain Olivia Haskell (Norwalk, Conn.) posted a top-eight finish in the 50-yard freestyle and anchored the 200 medley relay in the consolation final to help the Connecticut College women's swimming team finish the opening day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships in 16th place with 19 points on Wednesday evening at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
Haskell first finished eighth in the 50 free and earned NCAA All-America laurels for her efforts by touching the wall in 23.55 seconds. She advanced to the finals by punching in a time of 23.34 in the preliminary round, which was just two one-hundredths shy of the longest-standing school record of 23.32 that was established by Kate Kavenock '05 in 2004.
In addition, the Camels' 200-yard medley relay placed 13th overall in 1:44.49. Senior captain Maeve Wilber (New Marlborough, Mass.), sophomore Kenzie Healy (Westport, Conn.), freshman Vaughn Ammon (Franklin, Tenn.) and Haskell all earned NCAA All-America Honorable Mention accolades for swimming the backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and freestyle, respectively.
Connecticut College, which has six women competing at the four-day event this week, will continue racing at the NCAA Championships tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. Sophomore Maddie Ford (Acton, Mass.), classmate Andrea Higgins (Peabody, Mass.), Haskell, and Wilber are all slated to swim in individual events, while the Camels are also expected to field 200 free and 400 medley relay teams.
Team Standings (Through Four Events)
1. Kenyon 103; 2. Emory 101; 3. Denison 99; 4. Williams 73; 5. NYU 64; 6. Chicago 48; 7. MIT 39; 8. Pomona-Pitzer 37; 9. St. Kate's 29; 10. SUNY Geneseo 27; 16. Connecticut College 19.