GENEVA, Ohio (March 12, 2020) – Competing while a historic day in collegiate athletics unfolded around them, Rollins sophomores Beatriz Olivieri and Sydney Willis closed the 2019-20 sports season at the NCAA Division II National Championships Thursday.
Swimmers had completed the day two prelims and were preparing for finals when the NCAA announced the cancelation of all winter and spring sports due to COVID-19, abruptly ending the event. Earlier in the day, Rollins had announced the suspension of its athletic programs through the end of the semester.
Willis started the Tars off in the 400-yard IM prelim, finishing in a career-best time of 4:38.06. She was seven seconds faster than her seed time and finished 37th.
Olivieri then took to the pool for the 100-yard butterfly, an event where she was 23rd at the championships a year ago. This season she tied her school record time of 55.38, 0.31 seconds faster than her seed time, and finished 23rd in qualifying.
With very short rest, Olivieri then competed in the 200-yard freestyle, posting a time of 1:51.98 and placing 25th.
Both swimmers and head coach Julianne Lehner are set to return to campus as soon as travel plans are finalized.
The event served as the final competition for Rollins, and what is turning out to be many schools, sports seasons.