COW swimmers to nationals

COW swimmers to nationals
Matt Dilyard

Madison Whitman, a Wooster High graduate now at The College of Wooster, will swim the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 individual medley at the NCAA Div. III National Championships March 18-21 in Greensboro, North Carolina.


For the first time since 2012, The College of Wooster will send multiple representatives — Molly Likins and Madison Whitman — to the NCAA Div. III Swimming and Diving Championships, which will take place March 18-21 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina. Likins and Whitman are the first Fighting Scots from the women’s team to be part of the national field since 2014.

Likins, who qualified by virtue of her NCAA Div. III “B” cut in the 100 breaststroke, will compete in the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and 50 freestyle. She’s seeded seventh in the 100 breaststroke (1:02.58), 33rd in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.88) and 45th in the 50 freestyle (24.15).

Whitman, a Wooster High graduate who turned in the 12th-fastest time in Div. III in the 200 breaststroke at the recent Kenyon College Fast Chance Meet, will swim the 100 and 200 breaststrokes and the 200 individual medley. She’s seeded 12th in the 200 breaststroke (2:18.30), 38th in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.19) and 44th in the 200 individual medley (2:09.35).

Likins’ 100 breaststroke and Whitman’s 200 breaststroke times are both school records. Likins earned four All-North Coast Athletic Conference honors at this year’s NCAC Championships while Whitman earned all-conference laurels in the 200 breaststroke.

In 2012 Wooster sent five representatives — Melissa Haug, Morgan Hughes, Kate Hunt, Mariah McGovern and Clare Walsh — to the Div. III Championships. That year Hunt and Haug, both butterfly specialists, were invited (top-18) to compete in individual events, as Hunt qualified in the 100 and 200 butterflies while Haug garnered an invite in the 200 butterfly. Wooster also had two relay teams (200 and 400 freestyles) qualify for nationals via top-16 times.

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