Barito, Moores Take Top Empire 8 Swimming Honors

Hoboken, NJ – Senior Laura Barito (Arkadelphia, Ark.) and freshman Louise Moores (Mukilteo, Wash.) of the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s swimming team were honored by the Empire 8 on Tuesday morning. Barito was named the Women’s Swimmer of the Year, while Moores was tabbed the conference Rookie of the Year. The duo played a huge role in the Ducks’ sixth-place finish at the 2011 National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

Barito became the first NCAA champion in Stevens history en route to earning the Women’s Swimmer of the Year honor. She captured the 50-yard freestyle title at the NCAA’s in a time of 22.87 seconds and finished third in the 100-yard freestyle in 49.97 seconds. Barito set Empire 8 records in the 50-, 100-, and 200-yard freestyle events and the Ducks set Empire 8 records in all five relays with Barito posting the fastest split in the nation in all of the relays she swam on.

Barito was a third-team CoSIDA Academic All-American in 2010 and will graduate from Stevens as the program-record holder in the 50-yard freestyle (22.87), 100-yard freestyle (49.97), and 200-yard freestyle (1:51.37). She is also a member of the school-record 200- and 400-yard medley and 200-, 400-, and 800-yard freestyle relay teams. Over the last two years, Barito has been an individual All-American four times.

Moores set Empire 8 records in the 100-yard butterfly (11th in 56.25 seconds) and the 100-yard backstroke (12th in 56.62 seconds) at the national championships to earn honorable mention All-America nods. She also swam on four Empire 8 record-setting relays and was an All-American in the 200-yard medley relay (fifth place), 200-yard freestyle relay (fourth place), and 200-yard freestyle relay (third place).

Moores was the high-point swimmer at the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) Championships in December of 2010 and will head into her sophomore season as the school-record holder in the 100-yard backstroke (56.52) and 100-yard butterfly (56.25). She is also a member of the school-record 200-yard medley, 400-yard medley, 200-yard freestyle, and 400-yard freestyle relay teams.

In total, Stevens had 22 All-America nods, two honorable mention All-America nods, and broke nine school-records. The sixth-place finish was the best in program history.

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