Culberson Wins NCAA Championship in 100 Free

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Trinity men’s junior swimmer Stephen Culberson takes top honors in the 100-yard freestyle event at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

by Trinity Sports Information

Indianapolis, Indiana - Trinity men’s junior swimmer Stephen Culberson has joined the list of Tiger national champions, taking top honors with his record time of 44.18 in the 100-yard freestyle event at the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships.

Culberson captured the national title at the IUPUI Natatorium on Saturday afternoon. He beat out Austin Caldwell of Kenyon College (44.46). Culberson also posted the best time during the  morning’s preliminaries, touching the wall at 44.29 seconds.

 He became the first Trinity swimmer to achieve a national championship, and the sixth Tiger student-athlete to win an NCAA Division III individual national crown.  (D-III Champions listed below)

In Wednesday’s opening day of the championships, Culberson earned All-America honors for the first time in hos career with a fifth-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle, clocking in at 20.37 seconds. He and teammates Adam Thomas, Isaac Johnson, and Kevin Thomas finished in 13th place, for Honorable Mention All-America accolades, in the 200-yard freestyle relay. 

In other action on Saturday, sophomore women’s diver Ashley Heline picked up Honorable Mention All-America recognition for the second time during the meet, finishing ninth on the 3-meter board with a score of 456.85. Heline placed 12th earlier in the week in 1-meter diving, scoring 389.70 points. She was an All-American in 2013 on the high board (eighth place), and Honorable Mention All-American on the low board (14th place).

The men’s 400-yard freestyle relay team - consisting of Culberson, Thomas, Johnson, and Jonathan Hoffman - placed 17th with a time of 3:03.90, just missing the Honorable Mention All-America level.

Kara Beauchamp narrowly missed the consolation final of the women’s 200-yard breaststroke, clocking in at 2:21.04 for a No. 17 finish.

In the team competition, the Tiger men finished in a tie for 21st place with Calvin College, with 42 points each. Trinity’s women placed 24th, chalking up 27 points.

Trinity’s head swimming coach is John Ryan, and the assistant is Michael Schuber. The Tiger diving team is led by Head Coach Stan Randall.