Women's Swimming and Diving: Lautenschleger Earns All-American Honors on Day 1 at NCAA Swimming Championships

Dana Lautenschleger (Photo By: Dale Lautenschleger)
Dana Lautenschleger (Photo By: Dale Lautenschleger)

SHENANDOAH, Texas – Mount Union's junior swimmer Dana Lautenschleger (Solon/Solon) earned All-American honors with a 7th place finish in the 500 yard freestyle as competed in her first day of the NCAA Division III Swimming Championships

Lautenschleger posted a season-best time in the event of 4:56.39. She is the first female Purple Raider to become an All-American in back to back years since 1990.

Lautenschleger is seeded 8th in the 1650 freestyle (17:01.68) which be on Saturday, March 18. She was an All-American in the 1650 last year with a 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships.

The top 20 qualifiers in each event earned bids into the NCAA championship meet.

Once in the meet, each swimmer may compete in more optional events up to a maximum of three.

She is the lone female representative from the OAC. Mount Union's Tyler Moore (Amherst/Steele) swam in the meet a two years ago and Lautenschleger, who is swimming in the meet for a second straight year, is the first Raider female qualifier since diver Mary Vallinger in 2009.

The preliminaries will begin each day at 11 a.m. with the finals starting at 7 p.m. each night.

The top eight placers in each event earn All-America honors and placers 9-16 earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades.