Walkers Competes for National Championships in Texas
SAN ANTONIO, Tex. - Saint Leo women's swimmer Maggie Walker and Head Coach Paul Mangen have successfully made it to the NCAA Division II Swim Championships in San Antonio. Walker qualified in the 100 yard freestyle with a time of 51.62 which she set while winning the Sunshine State Conference's individual championship in that race last month.Mangen is keeping the Lions abreast of the events surrounding Walker's competition in the NCAA's highest championships.
Day 1, Tuesday, March 8th - We started things off tonight with the NCAA Recognition Banquet in Sunset Station's Pavilion at St.Paul Square. Maggie and I have adjusted to Central Time. Maggie is enjoying San Antonio with its mixture of history and comfort-class feel along the river-walk. She's looking sharp in the water and has been able to make some minor, but significant adjustments with her breakouts and wall timing. Tomorrow is the first day of competition where Maggie is seeded 22nd nationally and our first step this week is to get her into one of the two finals heats.
She's excited and I'm anxious!
Day 2, Wednesday, March 9th – Maggie did not advance to the finals tonight but did have an impressive showing. We have two more events in the tournament when she swims the 100 fly tomorrow and the 100 free on Saturday where she's ranked 15th nationally.(Walker finished 15th in the 100 freestyle preliminary swim with a time of 51.62 and did not advance to the finals.)
Day 3, Thursday, March 10th - Some quick research and I realized that Maggie went :58.38 in the 100 fly, .02 better than her previous mark to set a new Saint Leo program record. She also competed in the 50 yard freestyle where she finished 34th swimming against the nation's best competition with a time of 24.08. Her next event is Saturday, Event #34, where she is currently 15th in the Nation.