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SEE MELISSA GATES' RECORD-SETTING SWIM

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Posted on March 15, 2012

Click on the video below to watch senior Melissa Gates' NCAA Division II 50-yard freestyle championship swim. Her time of 22.59 seconds set an NCAA D-II Championship record. 

 


Update

On March 17 swimmer Melissa Gates claimed her third career NCAA national title, winning the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 49.35 seconds at the NCAA Division II Nationals. 

Gates, who won her second consecutive national title in the 50-yard freestyle event on March 14, becomes just the second Vulcan student-athlete in Cal U history to win three individual national titles.

She joins Brian Ferrari, who won the NCAA Division II cross-country national title in 1983 and consecutive 10,000-meter track and field national crowns in 1983-84.

Gates finishes her brilliant collegiate career as a 10-time All-American (six individual, four relay) and helped the Vulcans finish a program-best 12th nationally.


Senior Melissa Gates has won the NCAA Division II 50-yard freestyle championship for a second consecutive year, becoming just the fourth student-athlete in Cal U history to win two individual national titles.

 

Gates set an NCAA D-II Championship record, winning the finals by 0.41 seconds as she finished with a time of 22.59 seconds at the national meet in Mansfield, Texas.

Gates joins three Vulcan athletes as repeat national champions: 190-pound NCAA Division II wrestling champion Ken Hackman (1988-1989), 10,000-meter national track champion Brian Ferrari (1983-1984), and 118-pound NAIA wrestling champion Bill DePaoli (1977-1979).

She will swim in the 2012 Olympic Team Trial this summer.

Other Cal U swimmers competing at the four-day national competition include Clarissa Enslin, Kelsey Nuhfer, Jess Machmer, Alyssa Novotny and Caitlin Sirkoch

A year ago the Vulcans finished 14th at the NCAA Division II national meet.