Whitman's Mering 3rd in 200 fly at DIII championships

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SHENANDOAH, Texas — Whitman’s Karl Mering finished third in the 200-meter butterfly championship final Friday at the NCAA Division III swimming championships to gain his second all-American honor in as many nights, and teammate Claire Collins earned the first honorable mention for the women’s program with her 12th-place finish in the 100 breaststroke.

Mering touched the wall in 1:47.50, edging John Hu of Stevenson by .29 seconds. The sophomore qualified for the championship final by swimming a school record 1:48.37 in the morning preliminaries, but his final’s time shattered his morning mark and not only set a new record for the Whitman program, but also the Northwest Conference.

Collins had a steady day in the pool, qualifying for the consolation finals with a 1:04.87 in the morning prelims — 14th fastest. Then in the evening she shaved .30 seconds off her morning swim with a 1:04.57 which placed her fourth in her race and 12th overall.

The Championships concluded Saturday but results were not available at press time.

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