March 16, 2006
Five crowned NCAA All-American; Courage 3rd in 50 free
MINNEAPOLIS -- Five members of the Grove City College men's swimming and diving team earned NCAA All-America honors Thursday evening at the 2006 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Carleton College at the University of Minnesota.
Grove City's 200 free relay team of sophomore Caleb Courage (Shippensburg, Pa./Shippensburg), senior Ben Haring (Kenai, Alaska/Kenai Central), freshman Drew Snyder (Harmony, Pa./Seneca Valley) and freshman Tim Whitbeck (Saegertown, Pa./Saegertown) placed second in the championship final with a Grove City-record time of 1 minute, 21.99 seconds.
Courage, Haring, Whitbeck and freshman Mitch Young (Greeley, Col./Greeley West) posted a time of 1:22.32 in Thursday morning's preliminaries. Snyder, Whitbeck and Young all earned their first NCAA All-America citation by participating in the relay. Their inclusion brings the total of Grove City men's swimming and diving All-Americans to 49.
Defending national champion Kenyon won the 200 free relay in 1:21.68.
Courage earned his fourth career All-America honor Thursday night by placing third in the 50 free with a time of 20.63. Haring earned Honorable Mention All-America recognition by tying for 15th place (21.25).
Grove City closed Thursday night's finals by taking 16th in the 400 medley relay. By placing in the top 16, Grove City earned Honorable Mention All-America. Haring, Snyder, Whitbeck and Young combined for a time of 3:44.97. For Haring, it is his fourth All-America honor.
Grove City is currently ninth in the team standings with 53.5 team points.
Friday's preliminaries begin at 12 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.
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