Swimming & Diving Returns From Nationals With Records and Hardware

Swimming & Diving Returns From Nationals With Records and Hardware

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Bowdoin swimming and diving teams returned from the NCAA National Championship with multiple All-American honors and new school records.

Men's Meet Highlights

  • Karl Sarier scored 21 points over the course of the week, as the men's team finished 31st.
  • Sarier opened the meet with a lifetime best in the 50 yard freestyle, stopping the clock in 20.84. He finished 37th overall. 
  • On day two, Sarier swam his best event, the 200 freestyle. In prelims the junior touched in 1:37.56, a new school record, good for the second seed going into finals. At night, Sarier used a strong backhalf to run down the field. He touched in 1:36.96, good for second place and All-American honors, just .02 slower than the winner. That time lowered his own school record and set a new NESCAC record.
  • Sarier returned on Saturday to race the 100 freestyle. In prelims he posted a time of 45.02 to qualify for the Consolation Final. At night, he finished 13th overall with a time of 44.87 and earned All-America Honorable Mention. 
  • On the boards junior Mitchell Ryan scored 405.60 points on three meter to finish 21st. On one meter Ryan's point total was 413.55, good for 18th place.

Women's Meet Highlights

  • The women finished 29th place overall (18 points), set three school records, and earned three All-American honors.
  • Marshall Lowery had the first swim of the week for the Polar Bears. The sophomore raced to a new lifetime best time in the 200 IM, posting a 2:07.84. Sterling Dixon also raced the 200 IM, finishing 18th overall in a time of 2:05.26.
  • The team's 200 medley relay of Lowery, Mariah Rawding, Mary Laurita, and Amanda Banasiak posted a season best time of 1:45.64, good for 21st place. Friday morning Laurita, Banasiak, Linnea Patterson, and Rawding finished 19th in the 200 freestyle relay (1:36.13).
  • On Friday Dixon swam the 400 IM, qualifying for the Consolation Fiinal with a time of 4:27.94. At night Dixon earned All-American Honorable Mention honors and 16th place with her 4:29.67.
  • Lowery, Rawding, Laurita, and Patterson took over a second off their season best time in the 400 medley relay, finishing in 3:49.85, and 17th place. 
  • Saturday Dixon swam a 2:07.61 in the 200 butterfly. She then teamed up with Rawding, Lowery, and Patterson as the quartet set a new school record in the 800 freestyle relay, finishing in in 7:39.07.
  • Lowery raced to a time of 56.35 in prelims of the 100 backstroke. That time was just .02 shy of her own school record and put her in a three-way tie for tenth headed into the Consolation Finals. At night, Lowery destroyed her own school record, touching 13th with a time of 56.03.
  • The 400 freestyle relay of Rawding, Lowery, Banasiak, and Patterson swam a season best time of 3:28.54 to finish in 17th place. 
  • Saturday morning Lowery raced the 200 backstroke. Entering the meet as the 21st seed, Lowery qualified for Finals in eighth, after touching in a school record time of 2:01.34. In finals she improved that time to a 2:01.19 to take sixth overall and be named an All-American. ​