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Clarke Earns All-America Status With School Record In 1,650-Yard Freestyle

Pictured: Alexandra Clarke became the first women's swimming All-American since 2006.
Photo Courtesy: David Silverman

Senior Alexandra Clarke eclipsed her own school mark in the 1,650-yard freestyle event, attaining All-America status with a 16th-place finish at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

In her final race of the competition, Clarke bested her old school mark of 16:10.92 by notching a top-16 time of 16:10.25. With the result, Clarke becomes the first women’s swimmer to earn All-America honors since Noelle Bassi ’07 earned the honor in the 200 butterfly in 2005 and 2006. Stacie Duncan ’92 was the last Crimson swimmer to earn All-America honors in the 1,650 freestyle, attaining the elite status in 1992.  Clarke also placed 44th in the 200 free with a time of 1:48.03 and 48th in the 500 free with a mark of 4:47.87 at the 2010 Championships.

Junior Kate Mills also represented the Crimson at the 2010 Championships. Mills swam two races at the event, taking 64th in the 200 free with a time of 1:50.94 and an impressive 27th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:57.91.