Junior takes 10th in 100 breaststroke
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Junior Emily McClellan of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee women’s swimming team earned All-American honors Friday night after she finished second in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke at the NCAA Division I Championships at the IU Natatorium.
McClellan, a 2010 DDHS graduate, posted a season-best time of 59.33 in her finals to finish second in her race. She finished 10th overall in the country, earning Milwaukee seven points. This marks the first time the Panthers have ever scored at the NCAA Championships and equals the highest any Horizon League swimmer or team, men or women, has ever finished at the national meet.
The Delavan native posted a time of 59.40 in prelims before earning Honorable Mention All-American status by swimming in Friday’s finals.
“It’s exciting to see the development of Emily and the program over the past three years.” Milwaukee head coach Kyle Clements said. “The first year she finished farther back, last year she was 18th and this year she was 10th so it really shows her maturity and growth. We’re really excited. It’s tough to do and we know that there were things that we could have done better today, but there are a lot of positives for the 200 breaststroke tomorrow and we will look to carry today’s progress into tomorrow.”
Said McClellan, “I’m just really happy I made it back to finals more than anything. I’m glad that I swam season-best times. It felt really good to get in the water and race against some of the best competition in the world and I’m looking forward to tomorrow.”
McClellan will take the pool for her third and final time at this NCAA Championships Saturday, competing in the 200 breaststroke. Follow along here as prelims start at 11 a.m. ET, 10 a.m. CT, with finals set to start at 7 p.m. ET, 6 p.m. CT. Finals can also be viewed online at ESPN3.com.