Versatility has helped Tyler Mansfield make her mark on the Ohio Wesleyan women's swimming and diving program.

As she prepares for her senior season with the Battling Bishops, the 2016 Bexley High School graduate owns program records in four individual events and as part of four relays.

Mansfield set the program record in the 100-yard individual medley (1 minute, 0.36 of a second) in the North Coast Athletic Conference meet held Feb. 13-16 at Denison, finishing third to become the first Ohio Wesleyan swimmer to earn individual all-league honors since 2013.

She also holds records in the 50 freestyle (23.68), 100 free (52.47) and 100 butterfly (58.15). In relays, she helped earn records in the 200 free (1:37.99), 400 free (3:36.81), 200 medley (1:47.82) and 400 medley (3:59.78).

"I do a little bit of everything, except for the (breaststroke)," Mansfield said. "I find it harder to do than the other strokes.

"The fly is my favorite because a lot of people say it's hard, but I think it's one of the more fluid strokes to do. I really like the dolphin kick and that's the whole thing to the stroke."

Longtime coach Richard Hawes said Mansfield is a student of the sport.

"Tyler is quite the athlete and is a big part of the program," he said. "She can swim in a lot of different events.

"She is one of those individuals who is very driven and very focused on the things that she wants. In the pool, she does not like to lose. Whether it's in a meet or in practice, she goes after things 100 percent."

Mansfield not only excels in the pool, but in the classroom. An exercise science major, she has a 3.5 GPA and this year earned honorable mention Scholar All-America honors from the College Swimming & Diving Coaches Association of America.

"Coach Hawes was a professor and he really understands that school comes first," she said. "They push us to put academics first and that has helped me throughout my career.

"I'm in exercise science, so hopefully I can become a strength coach at the high school or college level. I want to be able to help athletes develop health and wellness throughout their bodies."

Hawes said he's happy to be able to coach a well-rounded student-athlete such as Mansfield.

"Tyler is very driven and that's not just in her athletics but in the classroom," he said. "She is very much a leader and she leads by example. She is involved in a lot of things, including several different organizations. She's more than just a swimmer."

Mansfield also was a member of the women's track and field program at Ohio Wesleyan, but the time constraints and the wear and tear on her body became too much.

"I ran the 200 (meters) and 400, but I found that doing both (track and swimming) was tough on my body," she said. "Doing a water sport for six months and then going into track was really tough on my legs. I think I will be much better going into next season."

Mansfield wants to continue to put her name in the record book and finish strong for the Bishops.

"I want to keep lowering my times," she said. "Now I have the times up there (on the record board), I want to keep getting faster. I want to stay strong for the entire season, not just have a good meet here and there."

Hawes is looking forward to one final season working with Mansfield.

"It's an honor to have a chance to work with Tyler," he said. "She listens and makes adjustments and it has paid off. It's fun to have someone like her because she's so coachable."

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