Belmore Lifts Britons In NCAA Swimming Relay

Belmore Lifts Britons In NCAA Swimming Relay

SHENANDOAH, Texas – Parker Belmore turned in the best 200 freestyle relay split of his life Friday to lift Albion College to another honorable mention All-America finish during the NCAA Division III Championship.

Swimming the anchor leg, Belmore entered the pool two seconds off the pace set by Connecticut College. The junior from Livonia completed his leg in 1:40.74 as the Britons finished with a 6:45.45 total that left them in 16th place.

Albion's finish was nearly 2 ½ seconds better than its seed time of 6:48.06.

The Britons – Sebastian Tostado, Nate Kozycki, Derek Bosko and Belmore – can do no worse than 16th, thus gaining honorable mention All-America status. Albion has achieved honorable mention All-America status in seven events during the meet, and Kozycki reached All-America distinction with an eighth place finish in the 100 butterfly on Thursday.

Kozycki owns another school record after finishing the 200 butterfly in 1:51.66 during morning qualifying.

Tyler Kimbrell completed his first season at the collegiate level setting a time of 57.63 in a qualifying heat for the 100 breaststroke. The Milan product was part of two honorable mention All-America performances during the championship and he previously gained three Michigan Intercollegiate Athletic Association titles (100 and 200 breaststroke and 200 medley relay) and a school record in the 100 breaststroke.

Albion will have Bosko and Tostado up for the 100 freestyle and they will complete their collegiate careers in the 400 freestyle relay tomorrow, the final day of the championship. In addition, sophomores Jake Burris and Henry Swett will compete in 3-meter diving.

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