Swisher 12th at Nationals

Swisher 12th at Nationals

GRINNELL, Iowa – Franklin & Marshall's Rebecca Swisher competed in the pole vault on Friday at the NCAA Indoor Track & Field Championships, earning a tie for twelfth place. MIT's Cimran Virdi took gold in the event, the third straight year that she has claimed the title.

The championships marked the second time that Swisher reached the national meet, as she earned fourth place and All-America honors last year. This year, the Lancaster native came up just short, as her height of 3.55 meters (11'-7.75") placed her in a tie for twelfth place, just outside of the eighth-place finish required for All-America status.

Swisher, a four-time Centennial Conference (CC) Champion in the indoor pole vault and a three-time champion in the outdoor pole vault, will look to make it a perfect 8-for-8 in CC pole vault crowns this spring during the outdoor track season. She will also be in the hunt to return to the national stage, finishing seventh at the NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships in 2015.

F&M opens its spring season next Friday, March 18 at the Wake Forest Invitational.