Women's Swimming & Diving Heads to NCAA Championships
March 20, 2013
RALEIGH, N.C. - Nine members of the NC State women's swimming & diving team will compete in the 2013 NCAA Championships, held Thursday, Mar. 21 - Saturday, Mar. 23, at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind.
"We're eager to compete at the 2013 NCAA Championships," said head coach Braden Holloway. "Last year we only had one qualifier and this year we have nine, so it is a great improvement."
Seniors Allison Hendren, Marifrances Henley and Hannah Hopkins (diver), junior Zina Grogg, sophomores Hannah Freyman, Rachel Mumma (diver) and Lauren Poli along with freshmen Riki Bonnema and Kristin Connors will represent the Wolfpack.
State qualified to swim five relay events, including the 200 freestyle relay (1:29.60), 400 freestyle (3:18.59), 800 freestyle (7:11.99), 200 medley (1:38.52) and 400 medley (3:36.45).
In addition to qualifying as members of relay teams, Bonnema, Grogg and Henley also qualified as individuals by meeting the required time standards in their respective events. Bonnema will compete in the 50 freestyle, Grogg will take part in the 100 backstroke and Henley will swim the 100 freestyle.
"We're looking to do the best we can to represent NC State and try to bring home some All-Americans," said Holloway.
Hopkins will compete on the platform dive for the second-consecutive year at the championships, and hopes to duplicate last year's results when she claimed All-America honors with a seventh-place finish. Mumma will take part in the one-meter and three-meter diving events.
Action is set to get underway on Thursday with preliminary heats beginning at 11 a.m., followed by finals at 7 p.m. Thursday's schedule will consist of the 200 freestyle relay, 500 freestyle, 200 individual medley, 50 freestyle, 400 medley relay and one-meter diving.
"We have some big swims on the first day of competition, including the 200 freestyle relay which is one of our best events," Holloway added.