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Records Fall for Swimming & Diving at Nationals
By: Ashley Hofer, Sports Information Student
KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (UWECBlugolds.com) - Led by Nicole Dorvinen's (Jr.-Green Bay, Wis./Bay Port) first team All-American finish, the UW-Eau Claire swimming & diving teams erased five school records and produced 16 All-American finishes en route to one of its best outings at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The women’s team as a whole had its best team finish at the championships since the 1995-96 season. The women earned 16th place by totaling 56 points over the four days of competition. In 1996, the Blugolds placed 14th with 74 points.
Dorvinen raced her way to a fifth place finish in the 400-yard individual medley with a time of 4:28.10. By finishing in the top eight, Dorvinen is Eau Claire’s only first teamer since the 1995-96 season. Dorvinen also broke a school record in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 2:04.43 for 13th place.
Casey Preissel (Sr.-Wisconsin Dells, Wis.) and Julia Olson (Jr.-Faribault, Minn.) also shattered school records in the 200 backstroke and 100 butterfly. Olson ran a preliminary time of 58.53 in the butterfly, breaking a record set in 1989. In the preliminaries of the backstroke, Preissel clocked in at 2:06.72, breaking her own school record.
Three women’s relay teams picked up second team All-American places as well. Olson, Grace Fair (So.-Monticello, Minn.), Preissel and Megan Finley (Sr.-Waunakee, Wis.) led with ninth place in the 200-yard freestyle relay with a time of 1:35.21. Two school records dropped in the 400 and 800-yard freestyle relays. The quartet of Preissel, Finley, Kirsten Lickel (Jr.-Madison, Wis./East) and Dorvinen picked up a 10th place with a time of 7:36.12 in the 800. The team of Preissel, Finley, Lickel and Olson raced to 12th with a time of 3:29.60 in the 400.
On the men’s side, lone Blugold diver Nick Badilla (So.-Appleton, Wis./North) made the All-American second team in both the one and three-meter dives. Badilla scored 400.60 in the three-meter event for 16th place and also earned 14th in the one-meter competition with a result of 350.40.
Blugolds’ Complete Results (in order of place)