College swimming: UF’s Ward is All-American in 200 back

GENEVA — University of Findlay sophomore Jessica Ward capped the Oilers’ championship weekend by earning All-American honors at the NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships Saturday at Geneva’s Spire Institute.
Ward, who was 26th in the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday, earned her first career All-American award in the women’s 200 backstroke when she posted a 14th place time of 2:02.66 in Saturday night’s “B” final.
Queens, N.C., sophomore Caroline Arakelian won the event in a record time of 1:55.57.
Findlay sophomore Kaley Holmstrom, who was 15th in the 200 individual medley Thursday and 16th in the 400 IM on Friday, finished her second NCAA meet with a 22nd-place effort in the 200 breaststroke (2:20.91).
The Oilers finished the weekend with All-Americans in three individual events, their best showing at the NCAA championships since 2010 when they recorded top-16 finishes in five individual events and a relay.
Drury outscored Wayne State 486-419 for the women’s team championship. The Oilers were 35th in the 39-team field with six points.

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