Hallman Seventh In 200 Free, Earns First-Team All-America Honors

Hallman Seventh In 200 Free, Earns First-Team All-America Honors

Shenandoah, Texas - Freshman Mark Hallman (pictured) earned first-team All-America honors with a seventh place finish in the men's 200-yard freestyle at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on Thursday. 

Hallman adds his first-team honor to the honorable mention All-America distinction he picked up in the 500 on Wednesday with a 12th place finish with a new school record time. He becomes the first swimmer to earn first-team All-America status for the program since Max Scholten copped the honor by finishing eighth in the 100 back in 2011. Ben Komer, a member of the Pomona-Pitzer Hall of Fame, was fifth in the 50 free in 2002.

Hallman matched his own school record in the 200 free to qualify for the finals with a 1:38.81, which earned him first-team All-America honors. He then swam a 1:38.90 in the finals to finish seventh overall.

Last month, Hallman time trimmed nine seconds off the old Sagehen record in the 200 free at the SCIAC Championships, when he swept the 100 and 200 titles and finished second in the 500. He swam in seven events at the SCIACs and broke school records in all seven. 

The third day of the NCAA Championships will take place tomorrow, as Hallman will compete in the 100-yard freestyle to try to add to his two top 16 national finishes already.