Harrison Takes 10th in Mile, Earns All-America Nod
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sophomore swimmer Sammy Harrison finished 10th in the 1,650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships Saturday in Minneapolis, Minn., recording a time of 16:01.59.
With her finish, Harrison earned Honorable Mention All-America honors, making her the first Beaver to earn All-America plaudits since Saori Harugichi did so in 2009, and the first swimmer in school history to earn the award in the 1,650 freestyle.
“Being at the NCAA Championships is a new world of swimming compared to any other collegiate meet,” Harrison said. “There are swimmers here that are breaking American records, and I’m excited that I was able to compete at such a high level. The competition here was great, and I can’t wait to come back here next season and stand on the podium. I feel like I finished the year with a strong race, and I’m happy with the way this season has gone for me.”
Harrison’s finish was a 21-spot improvement over her 31st-place finish in the mile at least season’s NCAA Championships, and brings to a close a 2013-14 season that saw her become the first Beaver swimmer in history to win an individual Pac-12 Championship.