May 7, 2010

Swart Wins 2010 Road Race at USA Collegiate Road Race Nationals

MADISON, WIS. -- Lees-McRae College's Carla Swart won the 2010 Women's Road Race making her the Division I Women's Road Race National Champion on day one of the 2010 USA Collegiate Road Nationals. The Bobcats cycling team has a 22-point lead after day one for the team championship.

Swart's win was her third consecutive Women's Division I Road Race National Champion title. In 2009 and 2008, Swart was also the overall Women's Division I Individual Overall Road National Champion and will look to continue that streak as the road nationals continue.

The women's race was a 58-mile race that saw five Lady Bobcats place in the top thirty. Swart's top place finish was followed by Rachel Warner, who took 7th, Erica Zaveta, who finished 12, Cinthia Lehner, who finished 26st, and Kira Shoemaker, who finished 28th.

On the men's side, the Bobcats tracked the grueling 73-mile road course in rain with the temperatures in the low 40s. Joseph Welsh was the top Lees-McRae finished with a ninth place finish. Kerry Werner took 11th, and Bradford Perley finished 35th. Nathan Larson and Nathan Trimble finished 38th and 44th respectively.

Lees-McRae is looking for its first national championship of the season after finishing fifth at Track Nationals, third at Mountain Bike Nationals and second at Cyclo-Cross Nationals.

Division I Team Omnium standings
1. LEES-MCRAE COLLEGE 158
2. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-DAVIS 126
3. UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO-BOULDER 105
4. UNIVERSITY OF CALIFORNIA-LOS ANGELES 104
5. FORT LEWIS COLLEGE 98