Scholten Concludes All-American Career At NCAA Championships

Scholten Concludes All-American Career At NCAA Championships

Indianapolis, Ind. - Senior Max Scholten (Boulder, Colo. - pictured) concluded his All-American career with the Pomona-Pitzer Men's Swimming team by breaking his own record in the 200-yard backstroke on Saturday at the NCAA Division III Championships in Indianapolos.

Scholten swam a 1:48.51 in the Saturday preliminaries to shatter his own school record (1:49.15) set earlier this season at the Finis Invitational. The 1:48.51 also set a new SCIAC record.

The bad news was that he finished ninth, which left him one spot shy of qualifying for the finals heat (the top eight qualify, and he was just .16 behind the eighth place finisher). He ended up placing 11th overall (third place in the consolation heat) with a 1:48.75 in the evening session, which also broke his previous school record.

Scholten, who earned All-America honors as a junior last year, had some of his best career swims at the 2012 NCAA Championships, but ended up with several near-misses. On Wednesday, he set a personal best with a 20.80 in the 50-yard freestyle, the first time he had ever broken the 21-second mark. However, that time left him just .03 behind the Pomona-Pitzer record of 20.77, which would have been his seventh program mark.

On Friday, he had his first of two near-misses for finals qualification as he was tenth in the 100-yard backstroke with a 49.79, the second time in his career that he broke the 50-second barrier. It did fall just .11 behind his personal best (and school record) time of 49.68, which he set at last year's NCAA Championships. He ended up finishing 13th at the event with a 50.11 in the consolation hear.

On Saturday, he had another top 10 finish in the preliminaries with his ninth place finish in the 200 back, which was one spot shy of being in the finals and earning All-America honors. He did break his own school record in the final event of his career to cap off a terrific career, which saw him break both Pomona-Pitzer backstroke records, the 200 IM record, and contribute to three relay records, while falling just .03 shy of the 50-yard freestyle record.