May 18, 2010
Cycling team finishes second for the season, Carla Swart wins third consecutive road race title

The Lees-McRae Bobcats finished second at Road Cycling Nationals and second overall for the season while Carla Swart wins her third consecutive individual omnium title.

The Lees-McRae College Bobcats cycling team finished a mere three points shy of the overall Division I USA Cycling National Collegiate Championship for the 2009-2010 season after finishing second at Road Nationals May 7-9.

The rankings combine each school's finish in the four cycling disciplines: track, mountain bike, cyclocross and road.

The Bobcats took second overall with 72 points, just three points behind first place Fort Lewis College of Durango, CO. The Bobcats had a 12-point margin over third place finisher Lindsey Wilson College of Columbia, KY.

The team finished in second place at Road Nationals earlier this month in Madison, WI; second place at Cyclocross Nationals in Bend, OR last December; third place at Mountain Bike Nationals in Tahoe, CA last October; and fifth place at Track Nationals in Trexlertown, PA last September to give them the second place overall finish for the season.

Bobcat cycling standout 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 Cycling Collegiate Road Nationals.

Swart's win was her third consecutive Women's Division I Road Race National Champion title. Swart was also the overall Women's Division I Individual Road National Champion in 2009 and 2008.

Carla Swart became collegiate cycling's most decorated rider in the 2008-2009 season winning an individual national title in each of the four cycling disciplines in a calendar year.

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