Swimmers Secure All-America, Honorable Mention All-America Awards

Swimmers Secure All-America, Honorable Mention All-America Awards

SHENANDOAH, Texas – Sophomore Nate Kozycki achieved All-America distinction in the 100-yard butterfly and Albion College produced honorable mention All-Americans in four other events as the Britons are tied for 11th place at the midpoint of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championship.

Kozycki, who prepped at Northview High School, reached the championship race by setting the fastest time ever recorded by a Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association swimmer in the event when he completed his preliminary heat in 48.49 seconds. He was eighth in the evening final, reaching the wall in 48.68 seconds.

"Nate wasn't 'invited' to swim the butterfly – he got here by virtue of swimming on our relays and achieving a B cut during the MIAA Championship," Head Coach Jake Taber said. "We have learned the bigger the swim, the more he gets up. He turned in the best two performances in MIAA history in the event today."

Kozycki added an honorable mention All-America award when he joined Sebastian Tostado, Gerardo Huidobro and Derek Bosko on the 400 medley relay team that finished 15th in 3:21.51.

Kozycki will go in search of more accolades Friday when he stands on the block for the 200 butterfly.

Another school record fell in qualifying when Tostado completed the 200 freestyle in 1:38.88. He went on to gain an honorable mention All-America award when he finished his evening swim in 1:39.40, good for 14th place.

Albion also achieved honorable mention All-America status by finishing 15th in the 200 freestyle relay. Tostado, Bosko, Len Ciemniecki and Parker Belmore set an evening time of 1:22.88.

"We are doing a nice job of improving on our seed times," Taber said. "We are trying to swim within ourselves."

The diving competition started Thursday with sophomores Jake Burris and Henry Swett accepting honorable mention All-America awards. Burris was ninth with a 455.05 total and Swett was 11th at 428.95. The divers will complete the season with the 3-meter competition on Saturday.

In addition to Kozycki, first-year swimmer Tyler Kimbrell will dive in the pool tomorrow when he competes in the 100 breaststroke and Albion will have a team in the 800 freestyle relay.

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