by Max Carter
After day one of the NCAA D-III Swimming National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. the Whitworth men’s swimmers sit in 15th place with 16 total points, while the women did not receive any points.
Junior Jackie Beal is the sole female competing for the Pirates, and will continue her efforts on Friday and Saturday in the 100 and 200 Back, respectively.
Senior Wes Walton won 12 points for the Pirates on his way to placing seventh in the nation in the 200 IM with a time of 1:50:63. Walton’s effort was especially commendable considering that the 2016 200 IM national champion broke the all-time NCAA record en route to his victory. Jackson Lindell—a junior at Denison University in Granville, Ohio—finished with a time of 1:46:00, surpassing the previous record by 23 hundredths of a second.
Sophomore Jason Smith placed 15th in the 200 IM with a time of 1:52:35, acquiring two points for the Bucs. The men’s 200 Medley team snagged another two points as well, placing in 16th with a time of 1:32:36. Members of the placing Medley team were sophomore Patrick Wilber, senior Trevor Case, freshman Eben Schumann and senior Kyle Wicks.
While Beal gets the day off tomorrow for the women, competing tomorrow for the men will be Walton and Case in the 400 IM and Schumann in the 100 Fly. Stay updated on each day of competition for the next three mornings, right here at The Whitworthian.