March 26, 2011

Zais wraps up stellar career by taking sixth in nation during 200 breast

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. - Wheaton College women's swimming senior Nicole Zais (Sudbury, Mass./Lincoln-Sudbury Regional) wrapped up a stellar four-year career by recording the highest individual finish at an NCAA Championship in program history, as she earned her third All-America honor by placing sixth in the 200-yard breaststroke on Saturday at the University of Tennessee's Jones Aquatic Center.

Yesterday, Zais picked up her first individual national award as an All-America honorable mention after placing 15th in the 100-yard breast.  As a sophomore, she was a member of Wheaton's All-America honorable mention 200-yard freestyle relay team.

With a total of 15 points, Zais led her team to a tie for 37th place.  After breaking school records four times yesterday, she exceeded her own program mark twice today, including a time of 2:18.60 during tonight's 200-yard breast finals.  That bettered her previous record by 0.75 seconds.  During this morning's preliminaries, Zais took fourth in 2:18.69.

In addition to garnering three All-America accolades over her four years, Zais recorded a program-high-tying 13 New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) all-league honors, which requires placing in the top two at the annual conference championship.

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