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      Widener Winter Squads Compete in MAC Championships

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      Aaron Green

      Aaron Green, a junior business major, wins the David B. Eavenson Award as the MAC Swimmer of the Year for his performance at the MAC Championships.

      After months of build up and regular season competition, the Widener University men's and women's swimming team and the men's and women's indoor track & field teams competed in their respective Middle Atlantic Conference (MAC) Championships during the past couple of weeks.

      Men's swimming turned in a fourth place finish at the MAC Championships. Aaron Green, a junior business major, was one of the stars of the event, winning the David. B. Eavenson Award as the MAC Swimmer of the Year for his performance at the meet. He won three events overall and posted two NCAA provisional qualifying marks. His time of 44.81 seconds in the 100 yard freestyle while swimming the lead leg of the 400 free relay is the 11th best time in all of Division III this season.

      Women's swimming had a dramatic finish to place second at the conference championship meet. Sitting in third and trailing Arcadia heading into the penultimate event, the Blue and Gold jumped back into the second position thanks to a strong performance in the 200 yard butterfly as Jill Bujanowski, a sophomore nursing major, placed second with a time of 2:09.90 while Jaclyn Hammill, a junior nursing major, touched the wall in sixth, clocking in at 2:18.81.

      Sealing the second place team finish, Widener University placed second in the 400 free relay as Kaylin Augustine, a junior sociology/pre-physical therapy major, Nikki Mowry, a sophomore psychology/pre-physical therapy major, Christine Kunzler, a senior nursing major, and Bujanowski clocked in at 3:35.31.

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      Will McDermott

      Will McDermott, a senior English major, is named the MAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year.

      Men's track & field was edged out by Stevenson in its bid for a ninth straight MAC Indoor Championship. Despite not winning the team event, Will McDermott, a senior English major, was named the MAC Men's Track Athlete of the Year. He won both the mile and 5,000-meter run at the meet and finished second in the 3,000-meter run.

      McDermott has had an outstanding close to his season overall and currently has the fastest time this season in all of NCAA Division III in the 3,000, running the event in 8:12.42 at the Keogh Invitational on Feb. 17. His time is more than two seconds faster than the second best placement.

      The women's track & field team turned in a fourth place showing at the MAC Championships. Leading the way for the Pride was the 4x400 relay team of Rachel Parr, a freshman biomedical engineering major, Megan Kitchin, a sophomore biology/pre-physical therapy major, Claire Burkert, a sophomore criminal justice major, and Aishah Dukes, a junior nursing major, who won the event in a time of 4:09.00, the top time in the conference this season.


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