Lewis, Mitchum Earn First-Team All-America Honors on Final Day of Nationals
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Augusta Lewis finished in fourth place in the 200-yard breaststroke to earn first-team All-America honors for the third time this week, and Jameson Mitchum also earned first-team All-America honors by becoming the first Athena in CMS history to break two minutes in the 200-yard backstroke, as the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps women's swimming and diving team finished 11th at the NCAA Division III Championships at the IU Natatorium.
Lewis finished second in the 400 individual medley on Thursday, third in the 200 individual medley on Wednesday, and capped off her big week with a fourth-place finish in the 200-yard breaststroke today, finishing in 2:15.62 to shave a half-second off her personal best. Her third trip to the podium this week capped off a decorated career which saw her win seven individual SCIAC titles (all six IM events she entered) and two SCIAC Swimmer of the Year honors, while missing a season due to the pandemic.
Mitchum earned her way into the finals by coming in seventh place in the prelims and improving her own program record in a time of 2:00.06, agonizingly close to the two-minute barrier. She took advantage of the one extra chance in the evening session, though, and surpassed it in the finals, though, earning seventh place with a 1:59.91 to earn first-team All-America honors.
Izzy Doud scored in her second diving event of the weekend, coming in 16th in the three-meter dive. Ava Sealander also moved into a tie for fourth place in CMS history in the 100 free with a 51.56, matching classmate Natalia Orbach-Mandel.who capped off the meet by anchoring 400-yard freestyle relay team that earned honorable mention All-America honors by finishing 12th, along with Ella Blake, Sealander and Dang.
In addition to the three individual first-team All-America honors earned by Lewis this week, Sealander earned that distinction as well in the 100 fly, coming in sixth place overall, along with Mitchum's effort in the 200 back on Saturday. Blake added a top-10 finish (tenth) in the 200 free, improving her school-record time to 1:50.30, while Dang became the new CMS record-holder in the 200 fly at 2:02.58, finishing 11th.
As a team, CMS finished with 156.5 points to place 11th overall. Kenyon won a razor-tight meet over Emory 446-439 for the team championship.