Mance Sets Three School Records at Nationals
By David Hildebrand
(Fort Pierce, FL) FIT Tigers Emily Mance and Katie vanBeek competed at the NJCAA Swimming and Diving National Championship last week with both athletes posting impressive times in every event, including multiple school records for Mance.
The individual races got underway Thursday with Mance in the 500 free and vanBeek in the 50. Mance set a school record in prelims with a 5:28.31. She returned at night to finish 10th, lowering the record again to a 5:24.76. Her split at the 200 missed the school record by only a second and a half and her split at the 100 also places her in the top-10 all-time at FIT. Mance's teammate, vanBeek, clocked a 28.01 in her morning swim of the 50 free. She returned for a 10th place finish of her own, dropping nearly a full second at night with a 27.08, moving her to third all-time in the event at FIT.
On Friday the swimmers returned to the pool for more fast swimming. Mance swam the 400 IM in prelims in a new school record of 5:07.35. She became the first swimmer at FIT to earn a spot in the top-8 at Nationals, where she finished 8th in a 5:08.51. Meanwhile, vanBeek followed up with a new personal best of 1:22.96 in the 100 breast and lowered that time at night to a 1:22.22, finishing 12th. VanBeek now sits third all-time in the 100 breast at FIT.
Saturday saw FITís best performances. VanBeek slashed fifteen seconds from her best in-season 200 breast, with a time of 3:03.95, then won the C-final in the evening in a 3:01.43, finishing 17th. Once again, vanBeek sits third all-time in the event at FIT. Mance had the morning off and opened finals with a remarkable swim in the 1650 free. She finished 5th overall, the highest standing ever for an FIT swimmer, and in the process shattered her old school record by 42 seconds with a time of 18:11.12.
The 2013-14 season is now finished for the Tigers. Training for the 2014-15 season will begin in September.