Mallory Morrell Picks Up All-America Honors
INDIANAPOLIS, IN – Senior Mallory Morrell earned All-America honors on Thursday night as she finished fifth in the consolation final of the 50-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
Morrell turned in a finals time of 22.46 seconds to finish fifth in the race. Her finish also ranked her 13th in the overall standings as she earned four team points for the Bulls.
She became the first University at Buffalo women's swimmer to reach the evening session of the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships as she qualified 16th overall in 22.39 seconds during the morning heats. Diver Meili Carpenter was UB's first Division I All-America as she earned honorable mention honors at the 2010 championship meet.
"Mallory had a great day," said UB head coach Andy Bashor. "She represented herself and UB with pride. We are looking forward to two more days of fast swimming."
Morrell won the Mid-American Conference title in the 50-yard freestyle at UB's Alumni Arena Natatorium on February 28. She set the MAC and UB records of 22.24 seconds in the preliminary round.
Brittney Kuras was also in action for the Bulls on Thursday morning. She finished 53rd among 63 entrants in the 200-yard individual medley in 2:01.04. Kuras will race in Friday's 200-yard freestyle.
Morrell and Kuras will compete in the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday.