No. 3 Women's Swimming and Diving qualifies 11 for NCAA Championships
March 5, 2009
AUSTIN, Texas -- Upon release of the official NCAA Championships psych sheet, the University of Texas women's swimming and diving team has qualified 11 swimmers for the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships set for March 19-21 at Texas A&M's Student Rec Center Natatorium.
Senior Hee-Jin Chang will make her fourth consecutive appearance at the NCAA meet and will enter the 50 freestyle as the third seed with a time of 21.78. Chang is a member of UT's 200 freestyle relay that will be seeded ninth at the event and the school record-setting 400 freestyle relay that ranks second in the country.
Freshman Leah Gingrich is seeded 15th in the 500 freestyle (4:40.18), while sophomore Ashleigh McCleery is seeded 21st (4:41.78) and junior Susana Escobar is seeded 22nd (4:41.87). Freshman Kathleen Hersey holds top-five seeds in three individual events. Hersey is seeded fifth in the 200 IM (1:55.29), fourth in the 400 IM (4:03.88) and fourth in the 200 butterfly (1:53.38).
Freshman Karlee Bispo, the school-record holder in the 200 freestyle event, is seeded fifth in that event and seventh in the 100 freestyle. Sophomore Carlye Ellis will make her first NCAA Championships appearance and will be seeded 26th in the 100 breaststroke. Ellis will handle the breaststroke on UT's 200 and 400 medley relays, seeded seventh and 10th, respectively.
Freshman Katie Riefenstahl is seeded 12th in the 200 backstroke, and senior Jacqueline Martin-Lacey earned the 36th seed in the 200 butterfly for her second NCAA Championships appearance. Sophomore Natalie Sacco has earned her second consecutive NCAA Championships bid and is seeded 27th in the 1,650 freestyle. Sophomore Brie Powers will compete as a member of UT's 200 freestyle relay.
UT will compete in all five relays at the NCAA Championships. The Texas divers will look to qualify for the NCAA Championships next week (March 13-15) at the NCAA Zone Diving Meet in Columbia, Mo.
NCAA Championships - Texas Women's Swimming Qualifiers