Swimmers end ‘15 season

Three Truman State athletes stopped the clock on the swim team’s 2014-15 season at the NCAA Div. II Swimming Championships March 11-14 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

Junior Evyn Spencer, freshman Will Shanel and senior Abby Hempen earned top times in their division this season, garnering a spot at the championships last weekend. The trio made it through to the preliminary rounds, and Shanel and Spencer advanced to the finals. Shanel placed 5th in the final round of the 400 IM with a time of 3:57.20, while Spencer placed 12th in the 100 butterfly during the final round, with a time of 55.85.

Spencer placed 19th in the 100 backstroke and broke her personal record with a time of 56.30. She was awarded All-American status for the third time, and says she is thrilled to receive the award again.

“When I woke up [Friday] morning, I checked to see how the places fell,” Spencer says. “I was so happy. It’s such a great honor to represent Truman at nationals, and to be named All-American as well. It just means a lot.”

Hempen concluded her college swimming career Saturday with the No. 20 spot in the 200 breaststroke at 2:20.94. She earned the 17th place spot in the 400 IM Thursday morning with a time of 4:30.84.

Hempen says making it to nationals was a perfect way to end her senior year.

Shanel was the first male swimmer to represent Truman in an A-final of the NCAA Div. II nationals since 2006. He also became the first Bulldog to notch a top 8 place when he finished 5th in the final round of the 400 IM.