Texas A&M sophomore Lisa Bratton (Richland) capped the NCAA Women’s Division I Swimming & Diving Championships in Atlanta with a fourth-place finish in Saturday’s 200-yard backstroke.
Bratton touched the wall in 1 minute, 50.80 seconds, improving on her 1:51.90 from preliminaries.
Kentucky junior Danielle Galyer, whom Bratton beat in the 200 back at last month’s SEC Championships, won in a pool-record time of 1:49.71.
Bratton became the third swimmer in program history to make three “A” finals in the same NCAA meet. She was fifth in the 200 individual medley and seventh in the 400 IM. She also helped Texas A&M finish ninth in the 400 medley relay.
Western Washington sophomore Emily Benson (Kamiakin) went 3-for-6 on the day with two doubles, a home run and four RBIs, but the Vikings lost to Concordia 8-2 and 9-3 in Great Northwest Athletic Conference action in Bellingham.
Benson hit a three-run homer in the sixth inning to account for all of WWU’s runs in the second game.
In the opener, WWU’s McKenna Mathis (Connell) had her first collegiate hit.
The Lewis-Clark State women were eliminated from the NAIA Division I tournament in Independence, Mo., with a 71-52 quarterfinal loss to Baker (Kan.).
Hailey Turner (Richland) had six points and three rebounds for the Warriors, who finished the season 27-7.
The top-seeded LCSC men (29-5) lost to Our Lady of the Lake (Texas) 83-64 in Friday’s NAIA second-round game in Kansas City, Mo.
Senior outfielder Trevor Jones (Hanford) leads Bellevue (Neb.) University in hitting at .444 (32-for-72) with four doubles, two homers and 16 RBIs in 21 games.
Former Falcons teammate Jake Browne, a junior catcher, is hitting .290 (18-for-62) with three doubles, three homers and 20 RBIs.
The Bruins (17-4) are ranked fifth in the NAIA coaches poll. Lewis-Clark State College is ranked second behind Faulkner (Ala.).