Columbia swimmers finish 8th at Nationals

COLUMBUS, G.A. – Columbia College women's swim team took 8th place at the NAIA National Championship for Women's Swim/Dive at the Columbus Aquatic Center to achieve a school record finish. The Koala swimmers Cydney Donnelly, Megan Monahan, Da'Nelle Williams, Marianne DeWitt, and Cassie Adams swam for a total of four days from March 1st-4th.

Cydney Donnelly (SR/Columbia, SC) qualified for 2 Championship Finals in the 100 and 200 Backstroke. She also qualified for one Consolation Final in the 50 Freestyle. 

Cassie Adams (SO/Gastonia, NC) qualified for the Consolation Final in the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. 

Megan Monahan (SR/Cincinnati, OH) qualified for the Championship Final in the 100 Backstroke and 200 Backstroke. Monahan's 2nd and 3rd Place Finish in the Backstroke events earned her First Team All-American Status, making her a 2 event All-American.

All 5 Relays Scored with the 400 Medley Relay reaching the Championship Final and placing 7th

"I can't say enough about how well these 5 women handled their events over the 4-day Championship," said Coach Gallaher. "We were slightly outside of the top 10 after the second day.  After day 3, we were in 9th place. We pulled into 8th during the final session of the final day, after our 2 seniors had such a strong performance in the 200 Backstroke. Two events later, Cassie Adams added to our point total in the 200 Breaststroke. With 8th in hand, our 400 Freestyle Relay of Cydney Donnelly, Marianne DeWitt, Megan Monahan and Da'Nelle Williams broke the team relay record and moved up in place from the morning qualifying swim.  It was a great way to finish such an outstanding meet."


Individual Placing/Scoring:

Cydney Donnelly:  14th Place 50 Freestyle, 7th Place 100 Backstroke, 5th Place 200 Yard Backstroke

Megan Monahan:  3rd Place 100 Backstroke, 2nd Place 200 Backstroke

Cassie Adams:  12th Place 100 Breaststroke, 10th Place 200 Yard Breaststroke


Relay Placing/Scoring:

800 Freestyle Relay 15th Place (Cydney Donnelly, Megan Monahan, Da'Nelle Williams, Marianne DeWitt)

200 Freestyle Relay 14th Place (Cydney Donnelly, Da'Nelle Williams, Marianne DeWitt, Cassie Adams)

400 Medley Relay  7th Place (Megan Monahan, Cassie Adams, Cydney Donnelly, Da'Nelle Williams)

200 Medley Relay  9th Place  (Megan Monahan, Cassie Adams, Cydney Donnelly, Da'Nelle Williams)

400 Freestyle Relay 11th Place  (Cydney Donnelly, Marianne DeWitt, Megan Monahan, Da'Nelle Williams)


Additional Highlights:

New Team Records:

400 Freestyle Relay: (Cydney Donnelly, Marianne DeWitt, Megan Monahan, Da'Nelle Williams)

50 Freestyle:   Cydney Donnelly

100 Backstroke:   Megan Monahan  (All-American Performance)

200 Backstroke:    Megan Monahan  (All-American Performance)