Washington U.’s Brendan Morin and Sara Taege Earn All-America Honors at NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Indianapolis, Ind., March 22, 2012 – Washington University in St. Louis freshman Sara Taege finished seventh in the 400 individual medley and junior Brendan Morin swam to a tie for 13th in the 100 butterfly as both earned All-America honors on day two of the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday at the Indianapolis Natatorium.
After two days of competition and 14 events completed, the Washington U. women were in 16th place in the team standings with 24 points. Morin was the first Washington U. men’s competitor to score in the meet, putting the Bears in a tie for 38th with 3.5 points.
Taege picked up her second All-America honors in as many events at the championships by swimming two personal-best times during Thursday’s competition. She swam a time of 4:27.47 in the prelims of the women’s 400-yard individual medley on Thursday morning, then shaved nearly three seconds off that time to finish seventh in the championship final with a time of 4:24.66 on Thursday evening. Taege clocked the fastest freestyle splits in the event final to earn seventh place. She also finished seventh in the 500 freestyle on Wednesday.
Morin earned his fourth-career All-America honors by finishing tied for 13th in the men’s 100 butterfly. He clocked a time of 49.98 to grab the final spot in the consolation final of the event, then raced to a time of 49.81 in the final for honorable mention All-America honors. Morin also finished 13th in the 100 butterfly at the 2011 championships.
Freshman Zane Turpin also competed on Thursday, finishing second in his heat and 24th overall in the men’s 400 individual medley with a time of 4:08.59.
The third day of the championships is scheduled to begin with preliminaries at 10 a.m. (ET) on Friday, and the finals get underway at 6 p.m. (ET). During Friday’s action, freshman Luke Dobben competes in the men’s 200 butterfly, and Taege will swim her third and final event of the championships in the women’s 200 butterfly.