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Four Camels Qualify for NCAA Championship Seven Connecticut College Swimmers Land on All-NESCAC Team

NEW LONDON, Conn.--Four Connecticut College men's swimmers have qualified for the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship. The event, hosted by Indiana University, will run from March 21-24 in Indianapolis, Ind. Senior Tim Walsh (Lincoln Park, N.J.) will be joined by sophomore Sam Gill (Springfield, Ill.) along with freshmen Patrick McGinnis (Middletown, R.I.) and Kirk Czelewicz (Lowell, Mass.). Sophomore Julia Pielock (Deerfield, Mass.) has been selected as an alternate and will spend the next two weeks preparing for the Championship. The Camel men placed fourth at the New England Small College Athletic Conference (NESCAC) Swimming & Diving Championship in February, accounting for the program's best score with a total 964 points. Five Camel men garnered All-NESCAC Honors for the Camels. Walsh received the Four-Year High-Point Swimmer award for the Camel and swept the backstroke events for Connecticut College. Gill turned in All-NESCAC performances in the 50 and 100 yard fly as well as the 100 yard freestyle. Kirk Czelewicz and Patrick McGinnis joined Walsh and Gill in the 200 yard medley relay to earn All-NESCAC accolades with their record setting performance for the Camels. Cameron Johnson (Westford, Mass.) joined Czelewicz, Gill and Walsh in an All-NESCAC performance in the 400 yard medley relay. In the NESCAC WSD Championship, Julia Pielock garnered All-NESCAC honors in both the 50 and 100 yard freestyle. Esther Mehesz (Wethersfield, Conn.) landed on the All-NESCAC squad with her victory in the 1000 yard freestyle, posting a record setting time of 10:22.26 for Connecticut College. Walsh will be making his fourth consecutive appearance at the national championship for the Camels. The senior star accounted for all of the Camel men's scoring at the 2011 NCAA Swimming & Diving, garnering All-America honors with record setting finishes in both the 100 and 200 yard back Walsh posted a time of 48.99 seconds to finish as the national runner up in the 100 yard backstroke, finishing just .60 seconds behind Robert Barry of Denison University. In the 200 yard back, Walsh turned in another All-America finish, placing third with a record setting time of 1:47.99. -Camels-

March 5, 2012

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