Swinn wins consolation final in 100 backstroke in NCAA meet

ATLANTA — Willamette’s Eric Swinn, a freshman from Roseburg, won the consolation final in the 100-yard backstroke Friday during the NCAA Division III swimming and diving championships at Emory University.

Swinn’s time of 51.07 in the final placed him ninth overall and knocked 0.72 seconds off his previous school-record time of 51.79. Swinn won the consolation final in relative ease, beating host Emory’s Chris Halstead (51.71) by more than half a second.

Swinn concluded his performance at nationals on Saturday by placing 34th in the 100 freestyle in a time of 47.43. He went into that event seeded 47th in the country.

By placing ninth in the 100 backstroke, Swinn scored nine points for Willamette, placing the Bearcats 37th in the Division III meet.

Complete results of the championship meet can be found on the Emory website at: