Juliana McDonald swam to a silver medal in the finals of the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday at the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America’s National Invitational Swimming and Diving Championship hosted by Cleveland State University.
The University of Maine graduate student from Bangor was sixth at the 50-yard mark with a split of 24.1 seconds before speeding to 25.9 over the second half of the race to touch at 50.05.
Morgan Waggoner of the University of Akron won the event in 49.39. McDonald’s 50.05 nipped Tara Brunner of Fordham (50.07), who finished third.
Earlier this season, McDonald set the UMaine women’s record in the 100 free with a time of 49.48. She also owns school marks in the 50 free (22.89) and the 200 free (1:48.77). All of those marks were established this season.
Akron won the women’s team competition and Rice University scored second in the elite field of 47 scoring teams. McDonald, who on the first day of the three-day competition finished fifth in the 50 free (23.02), collected 39 points for the Black Bears.
McDonald also competed in the 100 back and recorded a time of 57.32.