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Heather Norris

The C.W. Post women’s swimming team placed 26th last week at the NCAA Championships in Palo Alto, Texas.  The event, which ran from March 9th to March 12th, drew the best swimmers from across Division II together to compete on one stage.  The Pioneers were able to walk away with three Honorable Mention All-American nods.

Senior Riley Cassidy started the success off for the Pioneers, coming in 15th in the 100 Fly, an event she currently holds the team record for, and earning the Pioneers their first Honorable Mention of the event.  Sophomore Cornelia Hanes brought home the next Honorable Mention All-American title for the Pioneers, placing 16th in the 100 Free with a time of 23.73, a new C.W. Post record.

Finally, Hanes and Cassidy teamed up with freshman Tamara Garriock and sophomore Mairi Morrison to earn three more Honorable Mention All-American Awards.  The relay team’s first award came in the 200 Medley Relay, in which the Pioneers walked away with a 13th place finish.  Next, Post took 16th place in the 400 Medley Relay, earning the program its 4th Honorable Mention nod of the Championship.  Lastly, the team competed in the 200 Free Relay, finishing 14th overall and earning Post its 5th, and final award.

The NCAA Championships marked the end of the 2010-2011 season for the Pioneers.  The team finished with a 3-7 overall record in which they went 0-6 away and 0-1 at neutral locations, but managed to maintain a perfect 3-0 record in their home pool.

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