Amanda Stadermann of Bears Wins 200 Butterfly Title on Day Three of NCAA Championships

Amanda Stadermann of Bears Wins 200 Butterfly Title on Day Three of NCAA Championships

From Washington University Athletics

Washington University in St. Louis senior Amanda Stadermann became the first women's swimmer in school history to claim a national title by winning the women's 200-yard butterfly on day three of the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships Friday at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

After breaking her own school record to post the fastest time in the prelims (2:01.07), Stadermann separated herself from the rest of the field on the third 50 of the final. She touched the wall in 2:00.53 to better her own school record again and win the national championship by more than a half-second. Stadermann is the sixth individual in WashU swimming history to win a national title, and the first women's swimmer to stand atop the podium.

The women's 800-free relay team of junior MariMac Collins, senior Kristalyn McAfee, sophomore Nicole Zanolli and junior Erin Polries swam to a seventh-place finish with a time of 7:27.86. Senior Luke Dobben, freshman Andrew Pek, junior Justin Morrell and sophomore Ross Brownearned All-America Honorable Mention honors by finishing 16th in a time of 6:46.58.

Senior Katie Anderson swam a season-best time of 56.70 to finish 18th in the women's 100 backstroke. Zanolli also clocked a time of 56.70 to place 19th, while sophomore Niamh O'Grady was 23rd in a season-best time of 56.79. Freshman Kevin Van Cleave swam a season-best time of 50.99 to finish 34th in the men's 100 back. Senior Sophie Gan also competed for the WashU women Friday, finishing 27th in the 100 breaststroke in 1:06.29.