March 18, 2016

Bilko caps career with All-America honors in 200 fly

GREENSBORO, N.C. -- Grove City College senior women's swimmer Megan Bilko (Canonsburg, Pa./Canon-McMillan) concluded an outstanding career as a Wolverine by earning All-America honors in the 200 butterfly with a 13th-place time of 2:04.91 in the event on Friday night at the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships in the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

Swimming the event for just the second time this season and for the first time tapered since December 2013, Bilko dropped nearly 3.5 seconds off her career-best time in the event during Friday morning's preliminary heats to qualify 10th overall into Friday night's consolation final with a mark of 2:04.46. She then finished fifth in the consolation final to place 13th overall and earn All-America distinction.

With today's honor, Bilko concludes her career as a seven-time All-American - the sixth most All-America honors in program history. She earned All-America honors in the 800 free relay in 2013, the 500 free, 400 IM and 1650 free in 2014 and earned her second All-America distinction in the 400 IM Thursday night.

 Her five All-America citations in individual events rank third in program history behind only Peggy (Whitbeck '04) Mahan (8) and Angela (Palumbo '13) Marasco, and she became the first female swimmer and joined Caleb Courage '09 as only the second Wolverine swimmer of either gender to earn All-America honors in four distinct individual events.

A two-time Presidents' Athletic Conference Most Valuable Performer, Bilko graduates as Grove City's record-holder in the 500 free, 1000 free, 1650 free, 400 IM and 800 free relay. In addition, she ranks among the top 10 performers in program history in the 200 free, 100 fly and 200 fly.


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