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Thursday, April 27, 2017

Munion, Gilson part of NCAA swim meet

Wednesday, April 12, 2017 by Katie McDonald kmcdonald@tnonline.com in Sports

Freedom High School graduate Brooke Munion and Whitehall High School graduate Brooke Gilson have been both opponents and teammates over the years, swimming separately at their respective high schools and together at Parkland Aquatic Club.

They met again, this time as seniors attending different colleges, at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving National Championships held back on March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Ala.

Munion attends Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, Fl., and she competed in the 1,000 at NCAA’s. Munion swam her best time in that event in mid February at the Sunshine State Conference Championships, where she placed third in 10:12.80.

Munion was also part of the 800 free relay team that won the gold medal at the conference meet, which overall, was won by Nova Southeastern for both the men’s and women’s teams. At the NCAA meet, they group took home a bronze medal.

The men celebrated their highest-ever finish of third-place, the women tied their highest-ever finish of fourth, the team had four individual national champions, a combined total of 33 All-American and honorable mention All-American honors and broke a handful of school records.

Gilson attends Bloomsburg University, and she competed in the 1,650 free at NCAA’s. Gilson swam her season’s best time, a 17:13.38, at the Pennsylvania State Athletic Conference Championships, placing third. Gilson had the 22nd fastest time in that event in the country.

At the NCAA meet, Gilson posted a season-best time of 17:13.14 in the 1650-yard freestyle to finish 20th overall in the country in the event, improving her time by nearly three-tenths of a second. The senior finished 40th overall in the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 10:22.52 and then tied for 38th in the country in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 5:03.83.

Munion and Gilson also had the opportunity to swim in other “B” cut events, having become eligible in the 200 free, 500 free, and 1,650 free for Munion, and the 500 free and 1,000 free for Gilson.