The Valkyries finished the swimming season at the NCAA Division II national competition with great success as standout freshman Rhiannon Gluhosky (Summerville, SC) earned Honorable All-American in the 1,650 freestyle. The competition took place Wednesday – Saturday, March 9 – 12 in San Antonio, TX. Not only does Gluhosky become the first Converse College athlete to earn Honorable All-American but she also becomes the first to earn both All-American Academic and All-American Honors in the same season. Teammate Jenni Russell (Tega Cay, SC) was the first to receive the All-American Academic Honors last year.
Gluhosky competed in the 200 IM, 400 IM, and 500 freestyle before swimming the mile on Saturday.
“I’ve never been to a meet of this caliber and the first three swims were definitely a learning experience,” commented Gluhosky. “It was a bit overwhelming when I got here but I finally felt like myself today and knew it was going to be a good swim.”
Gluhosky began the event hanging around 6th place for the first 400 yards, but began to pull away after that. She gained on her competition each subsequent 50 freestyle and began passing them. She finished 2nd in her heat with a 17:36.37, setting a new school record and placing 15th overall.
“I’m very proud of Rhiannon’s accomplishments,” praised assistant coach Corey White. “I knew she was capable of making it happen. She has trained day in and day out to make this accomplishment possible while also being successful in the classroom.”