NCAA day two: Daher earns second All-America honor

Sara Daher '17 followed her sixth-place finish in yesterday's 200 IM (pictured) with a fifth-place finish in the 400 IM. (Bates College Swimming Photo)

INDIANAPOLIS – First-year Sara Daher finished fifth in the 400-yard individual medley, gaining her second All-America honor in as many days to lead the Bates College swimming contingent at day two of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships on Thursday.

Daher (Marblehead, Mass.) clocked in with a time of 4:23.84 in the championship final of the 400 IM after notching a 4:23.96 in the prelims. Both of her times eclipsed the previous team record of 4:24.59, which she set at this year's NESCAC Championships on Feb. 15.

Sophomore Lindsey Prelgovisk (Oakland, Maine) established another program record on the day as she recorded a time of 56.89 in the 100-yard butterfly. Prelgovisk, who entered as the 29th seed, finished in 22nd out of 48 swimmers. She broke the previous team record in the event of 57.08 which current assistant coach Vanessa Williamson '05 registered on Feb. 21, 2004.

Coming in as the 29th seed, the women's 200-yard freestyle relay of sophomore Caroline Depew (Hudson, Ohio), Prelgovisk, first-year Julia Smachlo (Rexford, N.Y.), and Daher, outperformed their seeding with a 24th-place finish behind a time of 1:39.56.

On the men's side, junior Matthew Gagne (Winnetka, Ill.) touched the wall in less than 50 seconds in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 49.91, for 20th out of 44 entries.

Through two days of competition hosted by Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corp at the IU Natatorium, the Bates' women's team stands in 17th place with 29 points out of 40 scoring teams.

Competition continues at the championships tomorrow and Saturday with sessions at 10 a.m. and 6 p.m. on both days.