Doolan and Gottschalk Open up with Strong Performances at NCAA Championships Thursday

SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – Sophomore Colleen Doolan finished 31st overall with a personal-best time of 57.35 during the preliminaries of the 100-yard butterfly on Thursday during the NCAA Division III Championships at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas. 

Doolan is competing in her second consecutive NCAA Championship, as she placed 32nd overall in the 100 butterfly with a time of 57.91 at the national event in 2016. The sophomore standout will be back in action Friday, as she will look to turn some heads in the 200 butterfly, and then she will finish up in the 100 freestyle on Saturday. 

The Northbrook, Illinois, native has already made her presence felt on the national stage, as she garnered honorable mention All-American accolades (ninth through 16th overall) with a 12th-place finish (2:04.11) during the final of the 200 butterfly last March.

Senior captain Amanda Gottschalk also competed on Thursday, tallying a 19th-place finish with a time of 4:30.75 in the preliminaries of the 400 IM. The Lake Forest, Illinois, native narrowly missed out on a spot in the finals of the event, as she needed to finish in the top-16 overall in the preliminaries to clinch a spot in the evening event. 

The fourth-year collegiate swimmer placed 21st overall in the 400 IM at the 2016 NCAA Championships, as she also shaved 1.76 seconds off her performance from last March. She also finished 12th overall in the final of the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.04, en route to claiming honorable mention All-Americans honors at the 2016 national championship. 

Gottschalk will suit up for the 100 breaststroke on Friday, and then will conclude her week in Texas during the 200 breaststroke on Saturday in final-day action at the four-day meet. 

Doolan and Gottschalk are both two-time All-NESCAC Team selections, and helped lead the Jumbos to a 4-3 record in dual-meet action during the 2016-17 season.

Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern