Turner swims to All-America status 3 times
Natalie Turner of Whitworth was fifth in the women’s 200-yard freestyle final on Friday at the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Oxford, Ohio.
Her time was 1 minute, 52.05 seconds, only .24 out of fourth place. Winner Kendra Stern of Amherst shattered the meet record with her time of 1:47.19. The old mark was 1:49.02. Turner, a former state champion while swimming for South Tahoe High, was third in the prelims at 1:52.14.
On Saturday, Turner wound up sixth in the 1,650 freestyle with her clocking of 17:14.37. The time bested Turner’s school record of 17:21.04 and eclipsed the Northwest Conference record by more than a second.
The result also gave Turner All-America honors in all three of her individual events. She also was fourth in the 500 free on the first day of the competition.
Whitworth finished 10th in the final team standings for the first time in school history.
Rice wins javelin event
Ian Rice, a 2007 South Tahoe High graduate, won the javelin event at the Fresno State meet last weekend in Fresno.
The Cal Poly freshman’s winning toss covered 54.54 meters. Rice’s Mustangs lost a close meet to the Bulldogs, 101-90.
Cal Poly (San Luis Obispo) will compete in the Trojan Invitational on Saturday in Los Angeles.