CWRU Athletics Top Moments of 2019-20: Women's Swimmers Qualify for NCAAs

Anna Smith swims the butterfly for the Spartans

As part of our 'Spartan Stories,' each Thursday, we'll be taking a look at some of the top moments for each CWRU team during the 2019-20 year. Today, we're looking at CWRU's five women's swimmers qualifying for the NCAA Championships.

The Spartans' 400-yard medley relay team of junior Caitlyn VonFeldt and sophomores Sarah Krueger, Kelly Moton, and Anna Smith entered their final meet of the regular season, the Midwest Invitational, needing to better their time in the event to earn a spot in the field for the 2020 NCAA Division III National Championships. The quartet did just that, notching a mark of 3:50.3 seconds in the relay. The time was good enough for a school record, and was the 19th-best among Division III teams in 2019-20, earning all four a berth into the NCAA Championships.

VonFeldt also made the Division III Championships individually in the 100-yard breaststroke, as her time of 56.23 seconds, also recorded at the Midwest Invitational, was 20th among NCAA qualifiers. Days later, it was announced that first-year Maria Pritchett, originally selected as an alternate, would join her teammates in NCAA field, as her school-record time of 4:28.4 seconds in the 400-yard individual medley, recorded at the UAA Championships, proved to be good enough to gain her entry into the competition.

As a result of their qualification, all five CWRU swimmers were named All-Americans.

CWRU's Alex Gould and video producer Chris Heermann tell the full story in the video below:

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