Michael Phillips ’12 Headed to NCAA Championships

March 9, 2010

For the first time in four years, a Hartwick swimmer will represent the College at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Michael Phillips ’12 has been invited to compete March 17-20 at the University of Minnesota’s Twin Cities University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, MN.

The announcement comes a little over a week after Phillips’ last race at the Upper New York State Collegiate Swimming Association/Empire 8 Championships, where he captured both titles with a blistering swim in the 200 breast finals and set a new Hartwick record.

Phillips is the first Hartwick athlete to swim at the NCAA Championships since 2006, when Dan Holmberg ’06, Mark Phillips ’07, and Kurt Cedo ’07 helped the Hartwick men’s team finish 30th in the competition. He qualified for the championships in four events—the 200- and 400-yard individual medley, the 200-yard freestyle, and the 200-yard breaststroke—but will not compete in the 400-yard medley because of NCAA rules limiting each student-athlete to three events.

"Michael is a very talented swimmer, and this is a tremendous accomplishment for him," Head Coach Dale Rothenberger said. "He had a strong year as a freshman, but really began to fire on all cylinders this season. He took his training to a new level through a great deal of dedication and hard work."

Going into the championship, Phillips ranks 13th nationally in the 200-yard breaststroke and holds the Empire 8 Championship Meet and Hartwick records. He also is 18th in the nation for the 200-yard individual medley and 43rd in the 200-yard freestyle. Phillips’ best times in the 200-yard individual medley and the 200-yard freestyle rank second all-time at Hartwick.

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