Panthers swim an NCAA meet

SHENANDOAH, Texas — Middlebury College swimmers Jamie Hillas and Stephan Koenigsberger earned All-American honors at last week’s NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships in Shenandoah, Texas, an event hosted by the Southern Collegiate Athletic Conference.

Hillas finished sixth in the woman’s 100-meter breaststroke in 1:03.18, earning All-American status for the second straight year and matching her finish in the 2014 NCAA meet.

The senior also earned Honorable All-American mention by taking 14th in the 200-meter individual medley in 2:05.38, and 15th in the 100 butterfly in 56.52.

Koenigsberger, a junior, twice earned Honorable Mention All-American status. First, he broke his own school mark and the NESCAC record while winning the consolation final of the 100 breaststroke in 55:08. He shaved 0.28 second off his previous record, which he set while recently winning the NESCAC title at Middlebury. 

Koenigsberger also posted a school-record swim of 2:01.87 while taking 15th in the 200 breaststroke, good for 12th place and his second Honorable Mention All-American honor.

Several Panther women’s relay teams also helped the Middlebury women finish 18th overall.

The 200 freestyle relay team of Hillas, Morgan Burke, Megan Griffin and Courtney Haron finished 14th in 1:35.66, good for Honorable Mention All-American accolades.

The final event of the second evening, the 400 medley relay, saw the Panther team of Sarah Bartholomae, Hillas, Burke and Griffin finish 10th in the consolation.

The women’s 400 free relay quartet of Burke, Hillas, Griffin and Haron broke its own school record with a preliminary swim of 3:27.77, and then in the consolation final finished 16th in 3:28.89 to earn Honorable Mention All-American status.

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