Barton women’s swimming duo earns honorable mention CSCAA Scholar All-America honors

Barton’s Nicola Macdonald and Kleanza Cathers were named to the 2018-19 CSCAA Scholar Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Team.  Photo courtesy of Doug Page
Barton’s Nicola Macdonald and Kleanza Cathers were named to the 2018-19 CSCAA Scholar Honorable Mention Scholar All-America Team. Photo courtesy of Doug Page

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. – Two members of the Barton College Women's Swimming Team – sophomores Nicola Macdonald (Durban, SOUTH AFRICA) and Kleanza Cathers (Kitimat, British Columbia, CANADA) – garnered honorable mention 2018-19 CSCAA Scholar All-America accolades.  CSCAA is the College Swimming Coaches Association of America.

In May, Macdonald was named to the 2018-19 Google Cloud Academic All-District® Women's At-Large NCAA Division II First Team for District III.  Macdonald – an art and design major – and Cathers – a nursing major – were both named to the Conference Carolinas All-Academic Team this past spring as well.

Both Macdonald and Cathers were also named the 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Co-Women's Swimmers of the Year and led the Bulldogs to a second-place finish at the league championships this past February in Charlotte, N.C.

Macdonald won the league individual titles in the 500-yard freestyle (5:12.33), the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.27) and the 100-yard freestyle (51.94) events and earned NCAA Division II "B" cut qualifying times in the latter two events.

Cathers won three events at the 2018-19 Conference Carolinas Championships – the 200-yard backstroke (2:06.95), the 1,000-yard freestyle (10:49.47) and the 400-yard individual medley (4:36.70) – while the two swimmers were also part of the league-winning 200-yard (1:35.50) and 400-yard (3:32.74) relay squads.  Cathers was also a "B" cut qualifier in the 50-yard freestyle (23.85).

Cathers was named the league women's swimming of the week on October 17, 2018, and January 16, 2019, while Macdonald won the weekly honor on October 31.

The Scholar All-America award recognizes students that have achieved a grade point average of 3.50 or higher and competed at their respective NCAA/NAIA/NJCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.  Honorable mention selections achieved a GPA of 3.50 or higher and achieved a "B" time standard or competed at an NCAA Regional event or a Zone Diving Qualifier.  A total of 1,221 swimmers and divers from 190 colleges from all divisions were recognized this year with 890 earning honorable mention accolades.

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