GREENSBORO, NC — York College senior swimmer Kyle Walthall concluded his outstanding York College career with a sixth All-American finish on Saturday evening at the 2016 NCAA Division III National Championships at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Walthall earned his final All-American award with his seventh-place finish in the 200 breaststroke as he recorded a time of 2:00.19. He finished .01 seconds out of sixth and .07 seconds out of fifth place.
The Spartan senior, who won the 100 breaststroke national championship on Friday night, finished fifth in the preliminaries with a time of 2:00.32.
Walthall had a strong opening 50 yards as he posted a first split of 26.90. He followed that with a second split of 30.54 as his first 100 was 57.44, just under a second over his Friday night time. Walthall had a third split of 31.14 as he lost just under a second to the field. He concluded the race with a 31.61 split for his final time.
Head coach Greg Doyle was happy for his senior All-American.
"I am really proud of Kyle," said Doyle. "It was tough to come back today after having such an emotional day yesterday. He was able to focus and earn another podium finish. He accomplished the goal of coming back with two more podium finishes, and of course, the national championship. It's been a privilege to coach Kyle during his senior year journey."
Walthall earned all his All-American finishes in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events. He placed seventh in the consolation finals of the 100 as a sophomore and also had a sixth place finish in the 200 of the 2014 consolation finals.
He earned the first of four podium finishes at last year's championships as he placed fourth in the 100. Walthall followed that up with an eighth place finish in the 200 in the same meet. That set the stage for his national championship Friday night followed by tonight's final All-American podium finish.
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 the 100 breaststroke in long course format as he will attempt to earn a trip to the USA Swimming Olympic trials in Omaha, Nebraska in June.