The Erie Community College men's and women's swimming and diving teams both finished in the national top-10 as the National Junior College Athletic Association wrapped up its national championships at the Burt Flickinger Athletic Center at ECC's City Campus, March 4.
The men's team secured a ninth-place overall team finish with 116 team points, while the women's team finished 10th with 160 team points. The women's team was just three points shy of an eighth-place overall finish.
During the four-day event that started March 1, Kat swimmers broke numerous school records and visited the championship podium six times. Both the men's and women's relay teams each medaled with seventh-place finishes. The men at the 200-yard freestyle and the women at the 200-yard medley.
Garnering the most trips to the championship podium was Allie DeBiase with three separate trips. DeBiase finished seventh twice and eighth once. Her two seventh-place finishes were in the 400-yard IM and the 1,650-yard freestyle, while her eighth-place finish was in the 200-yard breaststroke.
Also getting to the podium with the highest finish among all ECC swimmers was Jessica Raymond, who finished fifth in 1-meter diving.
Indian River State College captured both the men's and women's titles. The Florida college swimming dynasty recorded its 43rd-consecutive men's national title and 39th-consecutive women's national title.