Lindsay McNall becomes first Saint Michael's swimmer selected for NCAA Championship

Lindsay McNall becomes first Saint Michael's swimmer selected for NCAA Championship

Friday, March 10
100-Yard Backstroke
11:30 a.m. ET - Prelim Session
7 p.m. ET - Finals Session

Saturday, March 11
200-Yard Backstroke
11:30 a.m. ET - Prelim Session
6:30 p.m. ET - Finals Session

COLCHESTER, Vt. - Saint Michael's College women's swimming & diving senior Lindsay McNall (Colchester, Vt./Colchester) became the first swimmer in College history selected to compete at an NCAA Championship on Wednesday evening when the NCAA released the field for the national meet. Competitors hit the water on March 8-11 during the NCAA Division II National Championships Festival in Birmingham, Ala.

It has been 31 years since a member of a Saint Michael's swimming & diving program qualified for an NCAA meet, as diver Sue Judge '86 was chosen in 1983 and 1986 after fellow diver Luke Dougherty '84 also was picked during his senior year, in 1984. McNall will be one of two Northeast-10 Conference student-athletes at the meet, joining a fellow woman from Assumption College. The University of Bridgeport is the only other New England institution with qualifiers, with the other Purple Knights sending multiple men and women.

McNall will swim two events, starting with the 100-yard backstroke on Friday, March 10, with trials beginning at 11:30 a.m. ET and finals kicking off at 7 p.m. The next day, McNall takes part in the 200 back event. Prelims again start at 11:30 a.m. ET that day before finals are at 6:30 p.m. All races will take place at the Birmingham CrossPlex, as the Winter Festival is hosted by the University of Alabama in Huntsville and the City of Birmingham.

During the NE10 Championship, McNall won both the 100 and 200 back races after having also claimed the 100 back crown as a sophomore. McNall has her name on eight school records, six of which came during the NE10 meet. While winning the 100 back last Saturday in a time of 56.59, she topped the runner-up by 2.44 seconds, nearly double the distance between the second- and eighth-place finishers (1.36). However, her time in the opening 100 back portion (55.77) of the 400-yard medley relay on Friday was even faster, broke a school record, and has her seeded 18th in the event entering the NCAA Championship. She was just 0.32 seconds outside the top 10.

On Sunday, McNall set an NE10 Championship record with a winning 200 back time of 2:00.03, lowering the mark by 0.55 seconds with a time believed to be third in the history of the league. [ Watch her record-setting race ] She won the race by 3.82 seconds, while the second- through fifth-place finishers were separated by 3.5 ticks. In the 200 back, McNall is 14th in Division II heading into nationals, within 0.23 seconds of 11th place.

McNall will close out her career with five career all-conference finishes, good for second in program history. As an underclassman, she also twice won the 100 back during the New England Intercollegiate Swimming & Diving Association (NEISDA) Championship, where she topped the 200 back field as a sophomore. McNall has 102 career event victories, with her team-high 27 wins this season the most she has posted since her rookie season. Fifteen of those have come in individual races.

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