Saturday, March 24, 2012
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - Westminster College senior swimmer Caitlin Lehberger (New Wilmington, PA / Wilmington) capped off her collegiate career with her ninth All-American laurel as she finished second in the 200-yard breaststroke in the final day of the NCAA Division III National Championships on Saturday.
Lehberger, seeded in the sixth spot, finished second with a school-record time of 2:15.86. The time also broke Lehberger's personal best time of 2:18.50.
[Assistant head coach] Pat Smith told me, ‘Don't be careless and don't be too careful,'", recounted Lehberger. "While I was swimming, I thought to myself that it was my last race at Westminster," said Lehberger. "I gave it my all, definitely."
This marked Lehberger's third All-American honor of the week. She placed sixth in 200-yard individual medley (2:04.26) on Wednesday and second in the 100-yard breaststroke Friday night with a school-record time of 1:02.57.
"I'm not going to lie, when I first saw a number two next my name after the race, I was deflated," Lehberger said when she finished .14 seconds behind the champion last night in the 100-yard breaststroke. "But then I thought to myself that I am number two in the country, I realized that that is a huge accomplishment. I was so excited that I couldn't stop smiling."
Lehberger may be done with her collegiate career but she's not done in the pool just yet. She will try the long course tomorrow to attempt an Olympic trial time cut.
"I just want to thank my family and friends for their support," said Lehberger. "Coming from a small school, you don't get a lot of attention when your name is called, so it means a lot when people are cheering you on."
About Westminster College...
Founded in 1852 and related to the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.), Westminster College ranks first in the nation as "Best College for Women in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math," according to Forbes.com. Westminster, a top-tier liberal arts college, ranks third in graduation rate performance, according to U.S. News Best Colleges guide. Westminster ranked 6th among liberal arts colleges in social mobility, according to the Washington Monthly College Guide, and is one of the most affordable national liberal arts colleges in Pennsylvania. Westminster is also honored as one of "The Best 376 Colleges" by The Princeton Review, and is named to the President's Honor Roll for excellence in service learning.
Nearly 1,600 undergraduate and graduate students benefit from individualized attention from dedicated faculty while choosing from 42 majors and nearly 100 organizations on the New Wilmington, Pa., campus. Visit www.westminster.edu/advantage to view "Advantage: Westminster" A Strategic Plan 2010-2020.