INDIANAPOLIS, IN – York College sophomore swimmer Kyle Walthall (Port Hueneme, Calif./Rio Mesa) made history on Friday night at the 2014 NCAA Division III National Swimming Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana. Walthall became the Spartans' first NCAA Division III All-American as he finished seventh in the consolation finals of the 100 breaststroke.
Walthall finished his morning swim with a time of 56.19 as he swam in the third of four preliminary flights. That time was good enough to place him 14th overall, earning him a swim in the evening and a chance to be an All-American.
Walthall seized the opportunity as he placed seventh in the consolation finals and 15th overall as he touched the wall in a time of 56.26. He was just over a half a second behind consolation final winner Jacob Tamposi of Williams.
Spartan head coach Erin Kurtz was very satisfied with her sophomore's performance.
"Overall, I think Kyle had a great first swim," said Kurtz. "I know he was a little nervous competing on the national level for the first time but he raced tough and got himself a second swim. At this meet, that is all that matters!"
Washington University (Mo.) freshman Michael Lagieski won the national championship in the event as he recorded a meet record of 54.10, breaking the previous mark of 54.27.
Walthall was pleased to have the chance to represent the Spartan swimming program.
"I am happy I had this wonderful opportunity to represent YCP," said Walthall. "I am excited for the future of our program and my personal future at the NCAA meet."
Walthall will be back in the pool on Saturday morning, as he will participate in the 200 breaststroke preliminaries. Please follow Kyle's attempt to become a two-time All-American at www.ycpspartans.com.