Four Represent CC at NCAAs

Four Represent CC at NCAAs

INDIANAPOLIS—Swarthmore College Men's Swimming had three swimmers invited to compete at the NCAA Division III National Championship from March 21-24 at the Indiana University Natatorium.

Swarthmore's Jeffrey Tse returns to nationals for the second season in a row and he is joined by Michael Lutzker and Alec Menzer.

The Garnet swimmers were each invited for an individual event and will get the chance to compete in two more events as well.

Tse, a junior, got the call to compete in the 100 back after clocking a time of 49.49 in the Centennial Conference Championship in February. Tse will also be able to compete in the 200 IM (top 2017-18 time of  1:52.17) and the 200 breaststroke (2:05.43).

Menzer is slated to swim the 200 and 500 free and the 200 fly. Menzer, a freshman, earned the Centennial Conference's Rookie Performer of the Year Award at the 2018 Championship after winning five gold medals. This season his top times in those events were 1:39.23 in the 200 free, 4:30.70 in the 500 free, and 1:51.88 in the 200 fly.

Lutzker finished first place in the 1,650 free at the Centennial Conference Championship and recorded an NCAA D3 B Cut time of 15:48.19. In addition to swimming the 1,650 at nationals this year, Lutzker will also be competing 200 and 500 free. He swam those events in 1:43.35 and 4:35.23, respectively.

The trio of Garnet swimmers are now the 12th, 13th and 14th male swimmers to represent Swarthmore at the Division III Championship.

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Franklin & Marshall's Christopher Schiavone will take on the nation's best this week in Indianapolis, Ind. as he competes at the NCAA Swimming Championships. The Diplomats' freshman is set to compete in the 50-yard Freestyle. 

Action begins for Schiavone on Wednesday, March 21 at 10:00 a.m. for the trials. The finals will take place that night at 6:00 p.m. for those who qualify.

Schiavone enters the weekend as the 15th seed in the event with a time of 20.40. He took second-place in the event at the Centennial Conference (CC) Championships almost a month ago, setting a new program record along the way. Schiavone is one of four men's swimmers from the Centennial Conference to qualify for NCAAs. 

Six-time All-American Tom Grabiak '10 was the last men's swimmer to make an NCAA appearance in 2010. An F&M men's swimmer has not won a national championship since Gordon Chalmers '32 in 1932.

500 Freestyle (M): Alec Menzer, Fr., Swarthmore (22nd, 4:32.93); Michael Lutzker, Jr., Swarthmore (33rd, 4:36.73)
200 Individual Medley (M): Jeffrey Tse, Jr., Swarthmore (41st, 1:54.29)
50 Freestyle (M): Christopher Schiavone, Fr., Franklin & Marshall (seeded 15th, 20.40)
100 Butterfly (M): Tse (32nd, 50.18)
200 Freestyle (M): Menzer (28th, 1:40.39); Schiavone (43rd, 1:42.64); Lutzker (49th, 1:44.56)
200 Butterfly (M): Menzer (30th, 1:53.06)
100 Backstroke (M): Tse (27th, 50.94)
100 Freestyle (M): Schiavone (46th, 46.47)
1650 Freestyle (M): Lutzker (20th, 16:11.08)
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