Clare Slagel
Clare Slagel
Luther freshman swimmer Clare Slagel became a double All-American over the weekend.

Slagel earned honors in the 100-meter backstroke and 200-meter backstroke at the NCAA III National Swimming and Diving Champoinships, held in Shenandoah, Texas, over the weekend.

Slagel earned her first All-American honors by taking fourth in the A finals of the 100-backstorke Friday. The only freshman in the A field, Slagel posted a time of 55.72 seconds. Celia Oberholzer of Kenyon won the individual title with a new NCAA III record of 53.46 seconds. Slagel qualified for the A finals with a new school record time of 55.31 seconds. She broke her own mark of 55.70 seconds.

With this honor, Slagel becomes the third Luther female swimmer to earn individual All-America honors and the first since 2008.

Second time

Slagel became a double All-American by placing third in the 200-meter backstroke Saturday. She posted a time of 1:59.40, setting a new school record. Kirsten Nitz of Wheaton College won the individual title, clocking in at 1:57.30.



Another event

Slagel also competed in the 500-yard freestyle, her bonus event, which she swam first. Slagel finished 22nd from a field of 36 competitors in the event. Her time was 5:01.65, breaking her own school record of 5:04.53, a difference of nearly three seconds.

Slagel is the daughter of Daniel and Karen Slagel of Dubuque.