York College senior swimmer Kyle Walthall has been invited to participate in the 2016 NCAA Division III Swimming Championships in Greensboro, North Carolina.
The championships run from Wednesday, March 16, through Saturday, March 19.
For the third straight year, Walthall has qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. Last season, Walthall earned a pair of podium finishes at the national championships in Shenandoah, Texas. He was fourth in the 100 breaststroke last year with a time of 54.64 seconds. He set a new conference record in the preliminaries when he notched a time of 54.49. He was second in the prelims.
He followed that with an eighth-place finish in the 200 breaststroke in 2:01.31. He was second in the preliminaries with a time of 1:59.29.
Walthall is coming off a strong Capital Athletic Conference championship meet when he was named the Male Swimmer of the Year. Walthall won the 100 breaststroke for the fourth straight year. His time of :54.74 broke is own meet championship record. He won his third straight 200 breaststroke championship with a time of 1:59.24. That broke his school, conference and CAC championships record.
First-year head coach Greg Doyle is happy to see the Spartan senior earn a berth in the championships.
"Kyle has worked extremely hard and is a very driven swimmer. I am happy to see all his hard work pay off. Kyle has done a good job of making the adjustments in training that I have asked him to make and I know that hasn't been easy," Doyle said. "I believe his experience at championships will greatly benefit him this year in Greensboro. I fully expect him to put together his best times in his final collegiate races."
Walthall had 17 individual wins during the course of his senior campaign. He currently sits with the third-best time in the country in the 100 breaststroke and the second-best time in the 200 breaststroke. Walthall enters the championships as a four-time All-American.
At the conclusion of the 2016 championships, Walthall will participate in the 2016 NCAA Division III, Division II and Division I Long Course Time Trials for the purpose of earning Olympic qualifying times. Walthall will swim both the 100 and 200 breaststroke in a long-course format. The Spartan senior is attempting to earn a trip to the USA Swimming Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska in June.