INDIANAPOLIS — The University of Findlay women’s swimming and diving team earned its first All-American award of the week as the Oilers were 13th in the women’s 200 medley relay on the first day of the NCAA Division II swimming and diving championships on Wednesday.

The Oilers’ Chris McFarland, Hanna Cederholm, Katy Kouvaris and Amanda Stiegal were ninth in the preliminaries.

They slipped to 13th place, while swimming in the “B” final with a time of 1:43.13.

The same UF quartet will compete in the 400 medley relay today.

The top 16 finishers in each event are considered All-Americans.

Stiegal added a 27th place finish individually in the 50 free (23.54).

Cederholm and McFarland will compete in the 100 breaststroke and 100 backstroke respectively for the Oilers on Friday.

UF’s Kmetko named

University of Findlay men’s tennis player Tomas Kmetko has been named the Great Midwest Athletic Conference Player of the Week after going 6-0 in singles and doubles matches last week.

Kmetko went 3-0 at No. 1 singles and 3-0 at No. 1 doubles in UF matches against No. 20-ranked Concordia-New York, Assumption University and Lee University.

OAC athletes honored

AUSTINTOWN — Two area prep athletes were among the 121 student-athletes were were recognized as Ohio Athletic Conference all-academic for the winter sports season.

Baldwin Wallace junior basketball player Jake Elbin (Findlay) was among the honorees. He has a 3.52 grade point average in sports management.

Heidelberg’s Leah Bouillon was also recognized. The junior women’s basketball player from New Riegel, has a 3.61 GPA in business administration and sports management.

Ohio Northern swimmers Katelyn Koebel, Avery Manbeck, Sydney Johnson, Ryan Mow and Kierra Watson received the award as did basketball players Martrina Parks, Emily Brock, Emily Mescher, Wesley Davenport, Sean Grady, Austin Wurm and Caleb Bryan.

To receive the award athletes must be a sophomore or higher in class standing, maintain varsity status and have a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.50.

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