Women's 800 Free Relay Earns Honorable Mention All-America Honors

Emily Benson, Christine McCulla, Kristen Young, Sarah Passilla
Emily Benson, Christine McCulla, Kristen Young, Sarah Passilla

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. –  The women's 800 freestyle relay earned honorable mention All-America honors to highlight the third day of the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships for Coast Guard.

The women's 800 freestyle relay of freshman Sarah Passilla, junior Kristen Young, freshman Emily Benson and junior Christine McCulla placed 8th in the timed finals with a time of 7:38.25 which means they can finish no lower than 16th overall. The timed finals are for all relays except for the top 8 qualifiers which will race tonight for the championship. If a team false starts the Bears could move up a spot, but either way, they have earned All-America honorable mention honors.

The women's 800 freestyle relay set the school record and won the NEWMAC Championship this season with a time of 7:34.41.

On the men's side, junior Chasse Sodemann placed 23rd in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 56.44 while freshman Eric Fuhs was 24th in 56.49.

Sodemann earned All-America honors with a sixth place finish in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 54.75 last season. Fuhs won the NEWMAC Championship in the event this season with a time of 55.12.

Junior Patrick Jackson placed 28th in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.11. He holds the school record with a time of 50.20 which he set at the NEWMAC Championship this season

The NCAA Championships will conclude tomorrow and the Bears will compete in four men's events and two women's events.

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