NEW YORK - Sharay Hale and Adam Powell were named the Student-Athletes of the Month for March. Both Lions earned All-American honors in the month to cap off their successful seasons. Hale was a first team All-America in indoor track & field, while Powell was honorable mention All-America in swimming.
Hale capped her indoor season with an outstanding performance at the 2011 NCAA National Track & Field Championships. The junior was named a First Team All-American by the U.S. Track & Field and Cross Country Coaches Association (USTFCCCA). It was the second time in two years that Hale earned USTFCCCA All-America distinction, but it was her first time earning the honors indoors. Hale competed in her first-ever national finals in the 400m dash, finishing seventh overall. She qualified for the finals by finishing second in her preliminary heat, and with the fifth-fastest time in the prelims. Her time of 52.98 seconds was a new career mark and a new program record.
Powell concluded his men's swimming career on a high note, with an outstanding performance at the 2011 NCAA National Championships. Powell qualified for the consolation finals of the 50 free, earning Honorable Mention All-America honors in the process. Powell swam the event in 19.55 seconds in the morning preliminaries, a lifetime-best time and a new Columbia school record. In the night session, Powell swam 19.74, which was good for eighth in his heat and 16th in the nation. Powell also competed in the 100 free at the National Championships, coming in 37th in the nation overall.