March 27, 2009
Ukiah Grad has record-breaking
performances at NCAA Nationals
Ukiah Grad has record-breaking performances at NCAA Nationals
Tess Pasternak continued her outstanding swimming career with record breaking performances at the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving National Championships meet at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, held March 18 - March 21, demolishing her previous best times. Tess was a team leader and All-American swimmer at Ukiah High School before attending Emory University in Atlanta Georgia. Tess has earned All-American honors thirteen times in her time at Emory, and is the only Emory swimmer to ever earn All-American certificates in the same two events for four consecutive years.
In the first day of the National Championship meet Pasternak swam the 200 Individual Medley, in which she improved her best time by four seconds to do a 2:04.66 for ninth place and a school record. She then split a personal best 56.28 in the Medley Relay that set an Emory record and placed third in the meet. The total time was 3:45.53. The next day she led off the 200 Medley relay with a split of 26.60. Her relay again placed third with a time of 1:43.32 which was another school record.
On the third day of the meet Tess finally got to swim an individual backstroke race. In the 100 she swam to her best ever time of 56.06, which was even faster than her relay swim. She placed third in that race with another Emory record. On the final day of the meet, Pasternak qualified first in the 200 back with a time of 1:59.54, which was still another Emory record. It had long been her goal to break two minutes for the 200 back, so that was a great accomplishment. In the final she swam right at two minutes and took third to complete an amazing college career.
Five team records in one meet is quite an accomplishment at any school, but Emory has a strong tradition of fast swimming, winning the National Title in 2005 and 2004 and being in the top four in the country throughout the twenty-first century. Obviously, Tess has been an important part of the team success for the last four years.
Pasternak will complete her studies in June and graduate with a degree in Sociology. She then plans to begin a career working with disadvantaged youth. She is the daughter of Steve and Liesbeth Pasternak who have long been active in the Ukiah community.