Swisher Ties for Eighth, Earns All-America Status

Swisher Ties for Eighth, Earns All-America Status

DELAWARE, Ohio – Rebecca Swisher finished tied for eighth in the pole vault at the 2014 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships on Thursday, earning All-America honors with her top-eight placing.

Swisher, who was given a 13-seed earlier this week, began with a height of 11'-03.75", which she cleared fairly easily. The next height, 11'-09.75", was tough but Swisher was able to clear it and move on to 12'-01.50" as she was able to clear it to earn a top-eight spot and All-America accolades. Swisher attempted 12'-03.50" and was close to clearing it in three separate attempts. 

Swisher is the first All-American for the Diplomats since Sheena Crawley earned the honors last year. With Crawley earning honors each of her four years at F&M, the women's track & field team has now had an All-American in five straight years. 

Not only is Swisher an All-American for the fifth year in a row for the Diplomats, but she is the first field athlete and pole vaulter to earn the honor in F&M history.

Anna Etherington of Washington University placed first in the pole vault with a height of 13'-07.25", while Cimran Virdi of MIT finished second at 13'-05.25".