GREENSBORO, N.C. – Whitworth University's Eben Schumann tied for ninth place in the men's 100-yard butterfly on Thursday night at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships.
Schumann, a senior, broke his own school record with a time of 48.20. His previous mark of 48.27 was set at last month's Northwest Conference championships. Schumann qualified for the consolation final in this event with a time of 48.80 in the morning preliminary heat, which was the 13th-fastest time.
In the evening consolation final, Schumann went out fast and led the field by .23 seconds at the 50-yard mark. Kenyon College's Thomas Weiss was able to pull even with Schumann at the end of the race and the two competitors touched the wall at exactly the same time.
Schumann becomes an individual honorable mention All-American, the first such honor in his four years at Whitworth. He had previously been an honorable mention All-American on two Whitworth relays as a freshman.
The meet continues for all three Pirates on Friday with Ryan Grady and Jamie Siegler competing in the men's and women's 100-yard breaststroke. Schumann has one more event at these championships – the men's 100-yard backstroke on Friday.