Emily Roberts Gains All-America Berth in 100 Breaststroke at NCAA III Championships
Friday, March 19, 2010
MINNEAPOLIS, MN—For the third time in her career, Calvin College senior Emily Roberts has gained NCAA III All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke. A native of DeKalb, Illinois, Roberts took eighth in the event Friday night at the NCAA III Swimming and Diving Championships with a time of 1:05.28. Roberts has competed in the event four consecutive years at the national meet, placing third in 2007, 11th in 2008 and seventh in 2009. Top eight finishers are All-Americans while those finishing in spots nine-through-16 are honorable mention All-Americans.
Roberts advanced to Friday’s finals with a season-best time of 1:04.49 in the morning preliminaries. Her performance boosted Calvin’s point total to 35 points, leaving the Knights in 22nd place. Roberts was one of three Calvin competitors in the 100 breaststroke but the only one to advance out of the preliminaries. Freshman Elizabeth Counsell (Indianapolis, IN) just missed advancing to the consolation finals, placing 18th with a time of 1:06.08 in the prelims while senior Maggie Vail (Portage Northern HS) was 23rd (1:06.32).
Also competing but not advancing out the morning prelims for the Calvin women were junior Monica Bressler (Sandusky, OH) and freshman Kristen Kinzer (Fort Wayne, IN) in the 100 backstroke with Bressler placing 25th (58.95) and Kinzer 32nd (1:00.92).
On the men’s side, freshman Mark Rushlow (Goshen, IN) had a career-best time of 1:55.50 in the 200 butterfly that was good for 22nd place but not enough to advance out of the morning prelims. Rushlow’s time was a career-best by nearly four seconds.
Rushlow will compete in the 100 freestyle tomorrow. On the women’s side, senior Casey Herman (Libertyville, IL) will compete on the three-meter diving board while Roberts, Vail and Counsell will compete in the 200 breaststroke. Bressler will compete in the 200 backstroke. The Calvin women’s 400 freestyle relay is also slated to compete.