SHENANDOAH, TEXAS – For the second consecutive season, senior captain Amanda Gottschalk of the Tufts University women's swimming & diving team garnered honorable mention All-American honors in the 200-yard breaststroke at the NCAA Division III Championships, as she placed 13th overall in the final with a time of 2:19.62 in Shenandoah, Texas.
Gottschalk collected a 17th-place finish with a time of 2:20.17 during the preliminaries of the 200 breaststroke at the Conroe ISD Natatorium. It appeared Gottschalk's collegiate career was over because only the top-16 overall advance to the evening round, but a medical scratch allowed for Gottschalk to compete in the final and she took full advantage of the opportunity, claiming four points for the Jumbos.
The Jumbos finished in a tie for 46th overall during the four-day tournament.
The senior standout's legacy will be talked about for a long time, as she helped elevate the Jumbos during a remarkable four-year career, ending with her serving as a captain during the 2016-17 season. She helped power the Jumbos to an impressive 4-3 record in dual-meet action this season.
Gottschalk, along with sophomore standout Colleen Doolan, put the Jumbos' program in the national spotlight, as the two have qualified for the national championships in back-to-back seasons. Last season, they became the first Jumbos to represent the program at the meet since 2013.
"Colleen and Amanda have been leaders of our team all season," head coach Adam Hoyt said. "Going to the NCAA Championships and swimming some best times, while coming away with Amanda receiving an All-American award was great. We will miss Amanda immensely next season, but I know Colleen and our other women will continue to help our program grow and progress."
Nerves did not impede Gottschalk during her debut on the national stage, as she finished 12th overall in the final of the 200 breaststroke (2:19.04) in Greensboro, North Carolina, last March. The Lake Forest, Illinois, native earned an honorable mention All-Americans honor (ninth through 16th overall) for her outstanding performance.
The four-year collegiate swimmer wraps up her career as a two-time All-NESCAC Team selection, while she suited up for four NESCAC Championships (2014-17).
Doolan concluded her week at the 2017 NCAA Championships, placing 52nd overall with a career-best time of 53.14 during the preliminaries of the 100 freestyle. The Northbrook, Illinois, native also finished in a tie for 24th overall during the preliminaries of the 200 butterfly (2:05.76) on Friday and 31st with a personal record of 57.35 during the preliminaries of the 100 butterfly on Thursday.
Last March, Doolan collected honorable mention All-American accolades with a 12th-place performance during the final of the 200 butterfly (2:04.11). The two-time All-NESCAC Team selection will look to build on her successful seasons, as she will prepare for her junior season in 2017-18.
Written by Trevor Wenners, Athletic Communications Intern