Women's swimming takes 15th in 400 freestyle relay, places 20th at NCAA Championships

Caroline Sweeney picked up her second All-America in as many days on March 23, 2019 at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Champioships. (d3photography.com)

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- The Bates women's swimming team took 15th place in the 400-yard freestyle relay, and finished in 20th place as a team on the fourth and final day of the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Saturday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Bates' contingent of nine swimmers combined to score 53.5 points at the meet, to finish 20th among 50 scoring teams -- the Bobcats' sixth top-20 national finish in a row.

Junior Janika Ho (Los Angeles, Calif.), first-year Suzy Ryckman (Riverside, Conn.), first-year Caroline Sweeney (New Canaan, Conn.) and sophomore Caroline Apathy (Devon, Pa.), seeded 14th in the 400 free relay, swam the 12th-fastest time in preliminary trials, at 3:27.87 -- 0.12 seconds under their season-best time from the NESCAC Championships. In Saturday night's consolation final, the squad finished in 3:28.27, edging 16th-place Tufts by 0.53 seconds and 0.25 seconds behind 14th-place Johns Hopkins.

The quartet became Bates' fifth All-America relay team of the meet, following the 200 medley relay (8th), the 200 freestyle relay (13th), the 400 medley relay (16th) and the 800 free relay (16th).

Ho won her 12th career All-America honor and her fourth of the meet. Apathy became a 10-time All-American to conclude her sophomore season, after winning five awards at nationals. Ryckman won her third All-America honor of the meet and Sweeney claimed her second.

Also in action on the final day of the NCAA Championships was senior Lucy Faust (Piedmont, Calif.), who placed 28th in the 1,650-yard freestyle in her final collegiate race, with a time of 17:33.19.