March 19, 2014
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.—The ACC champion Virginia women’s swimming and diving team opens action at the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 20) at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. The meet runs Thursday-Saturday with prelims at 12 p.m. and finals at 8 p.m. each day. Times are Eastern.
Live results and streaming video will be available and linked through VirginiaSports.com. ESPN3 will broadcast the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday.
The Cavaliers will be taking a school-record 17 swimmers to the national meet. Thirteen of them are individual qualifiers, including seniors Caroline Kenney and Emily Lloyd, juniors Shaun Casey, Alison Haulsee, Kelly Offutt and Ellen Williamson, sophomores Courtney Bartholomew, Hanne Borgersen and Haley Durmer and freshman Kaitlyn Jones, Laura Simon, Leah Smith and Ellen Thomas. UVa will also travel four relay alternates, including seniors Meredith Cavalier and Rachel Naurath, sophomore Natalie Martin and freshman Shannon Rauth. Virginia sent 16 swimmers to the NCAA meet in 2010.
UVa has qualified at least 10 student-athletes for the seventh consecutive year and it is also the sixth straight season that all five Virginia relays have qualified. The Cavaliers’ highest finish at the NCAA meet was seventh in 1988.
Lloyd will be competing at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in her career, but it is her first as an individual qualifier. She is a five-time All-American in relays and was a part of the honorable mention All-America 200 free and 400 free relays in 2013.
Haulsee, Kenney and Williamson each will be swimming at their third national meet. Williamson, the 2012 ACC Freshman of the Year, placed sixth in the 200 back and 14th in the 200 IM at the 2012 NCAA meet. Kenney has been a part of the 800 free relay the past two years that has earned honorable mention All-America status, while Haulsee is a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 200 fly (2012 and 2013).
Bartholomew, Borgersen, Casey, Durmer and Offut will be making their second appearance at the NCAA meet. Bartholomew was named the 2013 ACC Freshman of the Year after finishing ninth in the 100 back and 10th in 200 back at last year’s national meet.
Jones, Simon, Smith and Thomas will all be making their NCAA Championship debuts. Smith picked up two ACC Championships in the 500 free and 1,650 free in school record times. Simon broke the Virginia record in both the 100- and 200 breaststroke events, placing second en route to All-ACC honors. Jones placed second in the 200 IM to also earn all-conference honors.
The Cavaliers earned their seventh consecutive ACC Championship Feb. 22 in Greensboro, N.C., becoming the first team to win seven straight titles. Virginia broke school and ACC records in three different relays and broke the school record in six individual events as well.
The NCAA meet begins Thursday with the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 1-meter diving and 400 medley relay events being contested.
NCAA Championship schedule with Virginia’s probable entries
Thursday, March 20
200 free relay – Virginia
500 free – Leah Smith, Hanne Borgersen, Alison Haulsee, Kelly Offutt, Caroline Kenney
200 IM – Ellen Williamson, Kaitlyn Jones, Shaun Casey, Courtney Bartholomew, Haley Durmer, Laura Simon
50 free – Ellen Thomas, Emily Lloyd
400 medley relay – Virginia
Friday, March 21
200 medley relay - Virginia
400 IM – Casey, Durmer
100 fly – Williamson, Thomas
200 free – Smith, Kenney, Borgersen, Lloyd
100 breast – Simon
100 back – Bartholomew, Jones
800 freestyle relay – Virginia
Saturday, March 22
1,650 free – Smith, Haulsee, Borgersen, Offutt, Durmer
200 back – Bartholomew, Kenney, Williamson, Jones
100 free – Lloyd, Thomas
200 breast – Simon
200 fly – Casey, Haulsee
400 free relay - Virginia