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Little Giants Earn All-American Honors At NCAA Championships

The Wabash College swimming and diving team completed the 1999-2000 season with three All-American honorable mention performances at the NCAA Division III National Swimming and Diving Championships. The Little Giant swimmers scored on ach of the three days of competition, held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia this past Thursday, Friday, and Saturday.

Senior captain Dave Kent (Indianapolis, IN/Warren Central) placed 12th in the 50 yard freestyle on Thursday, swimming the 50 in 21.22 after qualifying for the finals with a 21.15 preliminary time.

Junior Joe McDowell (Elkhart, IN/Elkhart Central) earned All-American recognition in two events. On Friday McDowell placed seventh in the consolation finals in the 400 individual medley with a lifetime best swim of 4:07.98 in the preliminaries. On Saturday, he finished in sixth place in the consolations in the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:07.9. Senior Michael Shannon (Plainfield, IN/Plainfield) finished 18th out of 42 swimmers in the preliminary round in the 50-yard freestyle, and was 23rd out of 38 swimmers in the 100 freestyle (47.22).

The Little Giants finished the season with an 8-0 record in dual meets and captured titles in four large invitationals. Wabash finished with an overall mark of 44-4 in competition. A total of 225 athletes representing 59 NCAA III institution from across the country qualified for the national meet.