Nitz wins again

Grabs 4th national title in butterfly

Special to The State Journal Published:

Wheaton College sophomore Kirsten Nitz, a member of TNT Swimming from Frankfort, swam in the NCAA Division III National Championships the weekend of March 19-22 in Indianapolis.

She earned her fourth career national championship and her second consecutive title in the 100-yard butterfly March 20.

Entering with the top national time in the 100-yard butterfly, Nitz qualified with the top time of 53.20, which established a new national top time by .81 of a second.

In the finals, Nitz went even faster, breaking the national record by two-tenths of a second and posting a time of 52.64 seconds.

Nitz claimed the top spot by a margin of nearly two seconds. With the victory Nitz became the first swimmer in Wheaton College history to successfully defend a national championship.

Nitz also became the first athlete in Wheaton history to win four individual national championships.

Nitz holds NCAA Division III national records in both the 100-yard butterfly and the 50-yard freestyle.

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