Five Spartans Earn CSCAA All-America Honors

Five Spartans Earn CSCAA All-America Honors

Five members of the Case Western Reserve University women's swimming and diving team were recognized as Division III All-Americans by the College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) on Wednesday morning.

Junior Caitlyn VonFeldt, sophomore Sarah Krueger, sophomore Kelly Moton, sophomore Anna Smith and first-year Maria Pritchett each claimed All-America honors.

Due to the cancellation of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the CSCAA Board adjusted the selection criteria for each Division. The 2020 selection criteria for NCAA Division III student-athletes was individuals and relays selected to the NCAA Championship are named All-American.

The result was an unprecedented number of selections in what is largely acknowledged as unprecedented circumstances. Greg Earhart, Executive Director explained that the Board of Directors sought to not penalize any student-athlete who had not had the opportunity to compete for a spot on the All-American team. "Our sport is replete with previously-unheralded swimmers and divers who have gone on not just to All-America honors, but also to national championships and Olympic Team spots."

VonFeldt, Krueger, Moton and Smith earned entry to the NCAA Championships in the 400-yard medley relay, after swimming a time of 3:50.33 at the 2020 Midwest Invitational. Their time was good for the 19th-best seed time among relays entered in the event at the NCAA Championship. VonFeldt also received entry to the 100-yard backstroke, as she was seeded 20th with a time of 56.23.

In addition, Pritchett was originally selected as an alternate for the 400-yard individual medley, but was later announced that she would be invited to the NCAA Championships. She earned entry to the field in the 400-yard individual medley, after swimming a time of 4:28.40 at the 2020 University Athletic Association Championships to place seventh in the event.

The Spartan women finished the 2019-20 season with a 7-2 dual meet record, including three consecutive wins to end the season.