Swenson wins crown in breast stroke

At the NCAA Division III Championships, senior co-captain Steve Swenson brought home the National Championship as he took first in the 100-meter breast stroke.

Swenson finished the race in a time of 56.25 to break his own school record after being seeded fifth for the finals.

“It was the greatest feeling ever,” Swenson said. “I knew there was a chance for me to win; I just had to race. I wanted that title and I got it … I couldn’t have asked for a better finish.”

It was only the second time since 1994 that a Lions swimmer had been named NCAA Champion. Swenson was the first to win the title in his event.

After leading the Lions for the last four years, Swenson has accumulated 15 separate All-American citations during his impressive career here at the College.

“It was incredibly exciting to watch him get national champion,” head coach Brian Bishop said. “Swenson went into the meet knowing that it was anybody’s game and he wouldn’t accept anything other than being first to the wall.”