Kate Beavon Wins 2021 CSCAA Water National Championship

Kate Beavon Wins 2021 CSCAA Water National Championship

Kate Beavon is comfortable being uncomfortable as a distance swimmer.  The 1650-yard specialist dominated the women’s field at the 2021 CSCAA National Collegiate Open Water Swimming Championship inLone Star Lake in Lawrence, Kansas on September 17th, winning by 58 seconds in the 5 km loop course.

Nebraska’s Ilaria Murzilli (by way of Italy) was second, leading her Husker teammates to the national team championship title, while Eden Girloanta (by way of Israel) finished third.  Beavon and the top 5 finishers received automatic invitations to the USA Swimming 5K Open Water Championships in 2022.

Beavon is a junior from Johannesburg, South Africa (shown above with her Purdue teammates Evelyn Sierra and Abigail Jahns). The Academic All-Big Ten honoree has career-best times in the 500- (4:48.61, 15th), 1000- (9:56.05) and 1650-yard freestyle (16:32.50, 10th) last season. Prior to becoming a Boilermaker, she was a six-time South African champion in the freestyle events and competed for her country at the 2017 FINA World Championships and 2018 Commonwealth Games.

Top 10 Women’s Results:

1.Kate Beavon (Purdue University) 1:03.09.60
2.Ilaria Murzilli (University of Nebraska) 1:04:07.60
3. Eden Girloanta (Southern Illinois University) 1:04:26.90
4. Shannon Stott (University of Nebraska) 1:04:31.70
5. Shannon Campbell (Rice University) 1:04:33.60
6. Caitlin Hefner (Asheville) 1:04:34.90
7. Cathryn Salladin (Rutgers University) 1:04:45.70
8. Darina Khisiamova (Fresno State University) 1:04:48.40
9. Kara Church (Kansas University) 1:04:55.00
10. Linda Ungerboeck (Carson Newman) 1:04:55.30

Women’s Team Standings:

1. Nebraska 17 (2, 4, 11)
2. Rice 31 (5, 12, 14)
3. Purdue 39 (1, 18, 20)
4. Southern Illinois 57 (3, 24, 30)
5. Kansas 59 (9, 23, 27)
6. Carson-Newman 66 (10, 15, 41)
7. UNC-Asheville 69 (6, 26, 37)
8. New Mexico State 75 (19, 22, 34)
9. Vermont 117 (31, 40, 46)
10. Niagara 125 (25, 35, 65)
11. North Texas 126 (33, 42, 51)
12. Georgia Southern 133 (21, 55, 57)

13. Emmanuel College 142 (38, 50, 54)

14. Duquesne 174 (43, 63, 68)

15. Ashland 181 (48, 64, 69)

The University of Kansas hosted the event for the fourth consecutive year. “I cannot be thankful enough for all the people who poured a lot of time and effort into this,” explained Head Coach Clark Campbell. “From facilities to media relations, to athletic training. The entire athletic department really embraces this event and they put on a really good race that the kids get excited about. It is a great way to start the year.”

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