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Davidson's Lankiewicz Caps Career With New School Record at NCAAs

Release: 03/22/2017
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Courtesy: Atlantic 10 Conference

Davidson senior stalwart Elise Lankiewicz capped her stellar swimming career Saturday, as she finished in 30th in the 100 freestyle prelims at the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Auditorium. 

The three-time Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year finished her collegiate resume by breaking another school record, clocking in at 48.62. Just like with her other two races, Lankiewicz competed against multiple Olympians and Olympic medalists.

"How fitting is it that Elise's last race is one more record-setting performance," head coach John Young said. "It is impossible to overstate the impact she's had on our program, and I've loved watching her finish with her best against the best. She's a legendary Wildcat, and it's been a treat to watch her grow and excel."

Lankiewicz will leave Davidson with 12 school records and five in the league. She was the third Wildcat to ever qualify for the NCAAs, and tied a conference record after she was named A-10 Performer of the Week six times this season.

Elise Lankiewicz capped Day 2 of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at IUPUI Auditorium, clocking in at 1:45.23 in the 200 freestyle prelims. 

Lankiewicz, who was seeded 30th nationally in the event, improved to 21st overall. Like in her race Thursday, Lankiewicz competed against a talented field, including Olympic Gold Medalists Simone Manuel and Katie Ledecky. 

"Kudos to Elise for moving up to 21st in the country!" Head Coach John Young said of his senior standout. "That was a great performance, and especially great finish that reminds us all how much she truly loves to race."

Lankiewicz will conclude her NCAA Championships resume Saturday morning as she competes in the 100 freestyle. You can view the race live via the streaming links provided, and follow @SwimDavidson for updates regarding times, heat, and lane. 

INDIANAPOLIS – Davidson senior Elise Lankiewicz finished Day 1 of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at IUPUI Auditorium, recording a lifetime-best in the preliminaries of the 500 freestyle.
The Wilmington, Del., native swam a 4:42.74 clip, breaking her own school record that she set earlier this season at the Atlantic 10 Championships. In addition to Lankiewicz, who was a three-time A-10 Performer of the Year, the field featured All-Americans and Olympians, including five-time Gold Medalist and world-record holder Katie Ledecky.
"What a great start!" head coach John Young said of his senior standout. "Few swimmers race to a best time in their first NCAA Championship performance. We're thrilled that Elise enjoyed this morning's opportunity to get a race in here in Indy, and we couldn't be more excited for the 200 tomorrow."
The Bryan Scholar and three-time A-10 All-Academic team member will also compete in the 100 and 200 freestyle events, slated for Friday and Saturday morning. Both sessions can be watched via the live streaming link provided.

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