Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee has released their schedule for the 2019-2020 NCAA season, and a surprising name has appeared: sophomore Sinead Eksteen.
Eksteen, from Vienna, Virginia, swam for Notre Dame last season where she was a 3-event ACC scorer, a member of an NCAA-Championship-qualifying relay, and a member of the All-ACC team. Her best individual finish at ACCs was 7th in the 1650 free (16:18.80) as part of a 44-point individual scoring haul for the Irish.
She was also on Notre Dame’s 3rd-place 800 free relay at the ACC Championships, splitting 1:46.60 on their 2nd leg. That team was fast enough to earn an NCAA Championship invite, but she was ultimately replaced by Skylar Fore at NCAAs, who split 1:47.21 when the relay finished 19th at nationals.
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For Rhodes, which had one NCAA Division III qualifier last season (the now-graduated Allie Hill), Eksteen is a program-changing addition.
Where Eksteen’s Freshman Season Bests Would Have Ranked at the 2019 Division III NCAA Championship Meet:
- 200 free – 3rd
- 500 free – 1st
- 1650 free – 1st
Last year, the Rhodes women finished 2nd at the Southern Athletic Conference (SAA) championship meet with 833 points; that put them only 89 points behind the champions Birmingham-Southern College. Individually, Eksteen could account for the maximum 60 points this season, and she’ll likely be a 4-relay contributor as well.
Rhodes begins their 2019-2020 NCAA season with an intrasquad meet on September 28th before heading south to Mississippi for a dual meet against Division II Delta State. Rhodes named Steve Webb as its new head coach on July 22nd.