by Alan Babbitt
Hope College's Meg Peel confidently thought she could go faster in the 100-yard backstroke, despite a record-setting swim earlier in the day at the NCAA Division III Championships.
The sophomore for Spring Lake, Michigan (Spring Lake HS) was on target with her prediction.
Peel won Friday evening's consolation race to finish ninth in the nation by clocking a school-record time of 55.64 seconds.
During the morning's preliminaries, Peel passed her own 100 backstroke best by posting a swim of 55.78 seconds.
Peel took a half-second off her previous fastest effort in the event — 56.10 seconds.
"After analyzing my race video from this morning, I found a few things I could improve on," Peel said. "I felt that come through tonight."
Co-head coach John Patnott said Peel had a very good swim during the preliminaries and the finals.
"We're very happy with the personal-best time and school record," Patnott said.
After tonight, Peel has one more event at the NCAA Championships. She will swim the 200 backstroke on Saturday. She is seeded sixth.