NCHS alum Schott makes Division III Nationals at RPI
Published 6:31 pm, Wednesday, March 23, 2011
RPI student-athlete Julian Schott will represent the men's swimming team at the NCAA Division III Men's & Women's Swimming & Diving National Championships, which will be hosted by Beloit College at the Allan Jones Aquatic Center in Knoxville, Tenn. This marks the first appearance in the national meet for Schott, who becomes the first swimmer invited to Nationals since Pat Fell '05 during the 2003-04 season.
A senior out of New Canaan, Schott will participate in the 50-freestyle, the 100-breaststroke and 200-breaststroke events. He enters the competition ranked 14th of 28 qualifiers in the 100-breast with a school record time of 56.72, 18th of 22 in the 200-breast (2:05.92) and the 48th and final invitee in the 50-free (22.84).
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Schott secured his position at this year's Nationals after having an outstanding effort at the UNYSCSA Championships last weekend where he posted five school records and achieved three NCAA B Cuts. Additionally, he finished no less than fifth in any of the seven events he competed. Among his top performances were wins in the 100-breast (56.72), the 200-breast (2:05.92) and the 400-Medley Relay (3:25.46). All three of his victories shattered existing school records and were B Cut times.
A dominant force for the Engineers this season, Schott has posted 23 victories in 40 races. In addition to finishing third or better in 34 races, he has placed no less than seventh in any event. Schott has had at least one win through nine meets, including eight with two or more victories.
The 2011 NCAA Meet begins with the trials of five events, including the 50-free, on Wednesday morning at 10 am. The finals will be held on Wednesday night beginning at 6 pm. The same format will be held each day until the meet's conclusion on Saturday. Schott will compete in the 100-breast on Friday and the 200-breast on Saturday.
The top eight finishers in the finals of each event earn All-American status. Those who finish between 9th and 16th are Honorable Mention All-Americans.
For more information about Julian, visit www.rpiathletics.com/roster.aspx?rp_id=4015&path=mswim.
The Engineers concluded their season with a 5-2 overall record, placing 5th of 13 teams in the UNYSCSA Championships. RPI's season was highlighted by a first place finish in the Liberty League Championships, the team's fourth title in the past seven years. The men's squad also posted a third place mark in the 11th annual Kumpf Invitational.