Sophomore backstroke and freestyle swimmer Stephanie Palczynski made two-time All-American status after placing seventh in the 200-yard backstroke at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. In the preliminary rounds, Palczynski paced herself at a time of 1:58.97, setting a new school record while qualifying for the final rounds on Saturday, March 16. She finished with a time of 2:00.00 in the finals to finish in seventh for the second year in a row. “My experience this year was completely different,” said Palczynski. “I came in with a more determined mindset ready to compete at the highest level rather than stand there and be in awe of how I was surrounded by some of the fastest swimmers in the world.”
At the championships, she also competed in the 100-yard backstroke where she placed 25th and the 200-yard freestyle race in which placed 17th in the prelims and once again topped a school record held since 2016. Her support systems at home and at school have helped push her to continue bettering herself and improve her times. “Training this year was tough,” said Palczynski, “but being able to go into practice knowing that I'll be in the same lane as somebody who wants to take down records just as much as I do is extremely encouraging.” With two more years left to swim at the collegiate level, she hopes to keep taking down records, next year in more categories than three.