Natalie Turner make familiar showing at NCAA swim meet |

Natalie Turner make familiar showing at NCAA swim meet

Steve Yingling, Tribune sports editor

Big meets continue to bring out the best in former South Tahoe High swimmer Natalie Turner.

The former Nevada state champion lengthened her streak of scoring in every event she’s ever competed in at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.

Turner, a junior at Whitworth University, was fourth in the 200 freestyle, sixth in the 1,650 freestyle and 11th in the 500 freestyle races last week in Minneapolis. During her Whitworth career, Turner has placed in all nine of her events at the championships.

Turner reset her Whitworth and Northwest Conference 1,650 freestyle records with a time of 17 minutes, 3.90 seconds. She also shaved .29 of a second off her school and conference records with her clocking of 4:57.30 in the 500 freestyle.

Her top performance was in the 200 freestyle. After qualifying eighth in the preliminary round to earn the last spot in the finals, Turner improved to fourth with her time of 1:51.15.

By the time the meet concluded, Turner had scored all 34 points for Whitworth, which finished 20th, and earned All-America honors in all three of her events.

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