W&L's Thetford Wins 200 Free National Championship

W&L's Thetford Wins 200 Free National Championship

GREENSBORO, N.C. – Washington and Lee sophomore men's swimmer Tommy Thetford (Birmingham, Ala. / The Altamont) won the NCAA Division III National Championship in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:36.87 during the finals of the NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships held at Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C., on Thursday.

Thetford's time is a new school and ODAC record.  He finished ahead of Evan Holder of Johns Hopkins, who touched in 1:37.71 for second-place honors.

Thetford is the men's swimming program's sixth National Champion all-time and the first since Alex Sweet '08 won the 50-yard freestyle in 2008. With his first-place showing, Thetford earned All-America accolades for the fourth time in his career.

On Wednesday, he touched the wall in 19.65 to place second in the 50 free and set a new school and conference record. Last year, he had a fourth-place showing in the 50 free (20.17) and a fifth-place finish in the 100 free (44.44) at the national meet.

Thetford broke his own 200 free record of 1:37.76 that he set back in February at the ODAC Championship. 

Thetford returns to the pool on Saturday when he competes in the 100-yard freestyle. He is seeded second overall in the event with a time of 43.95. Prelims are set to begin at 10:00 am.

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