ATLANTA, March 15, 2022—Eleven University of Florida swimmers and divers including locals Kathleen Golding and Anna Auld and University of Virginia’s Jessica Nava will compete in the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships that begin Wednesday at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Center.
The meet begins Wednesday with timed finals of the 200 medley and 800 free relays. Individual races will start on Thursday, with the Top 16 from prelims in each event advancing to finals. Prelims will start at 10 a.m., with finals following at 6 p.m.
Florida Gold Coast swimmers Kathleen Golding and Anna Auld; Talia Bates, Elise Bauer, Leah DeGeorge, Tylor Mathieu, Ekaterina Nikonova, Amanda Ray and Mabel Zavaros will compete in the national championships based on their season-best times in seven different events.
Golding, a junior, will compete in the 200 IM and 400 IM. Auld, a freshman, will swim the 500 and 1,650 freestyles and 400 IM.
Westminster Academy alum Jessica Nava will make her final appearance for defending NCAA champion University of Virginia. The senior will compete in the 50 freestyle, 100 and 200 butterfly.
Maha Amer and Carina Lumia joined the Gators group after qualifying at NCAA Diving Zones. Amer will compete in all three events. Lumia qualified on 3-meter springboard.
Four Gator relays will also compete with the 200 freestyle relay and 400 freestyle relay hitting the qualifying standard. Both the 800 freestyle relay and 400 medley relay qualified with provisional standard times.
The Gators bring NCAA experience to the meet with Golding, Bates, Bauer, Mathieu and Ray all having competed at the championships in previous seasons.
ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday.
The Seminoles qualified three swimmers in individual events in addition to its 200 medley relay.
Nina Kucheran, Tania Quaglieri and Edith Jernstedt will compete in individual events. Rebecca Moynihan, Zsofia Kurdi, Jenny Halden and Gloria Muzito will contribute as relay swimmers.
“We’re excited to get started tomorrow,” FSU head coach Neal Studd said. “We have a great group of ladies here and we’re looking forward to seeing what they can achieve.
“I always feel like having relays is the key to success and it’s a sign of a strong team. This year, it’s a little special having three relays competing.”
Day 1, Wednesday, 200 medley relay (Finals only); 800 free relay (Finals only).
Day 2, Thursday, 500 freestyle, 200 IM, 50 freestyle, 1-meter diving, 200 free relay (finals only).
Day 3, Friday, 400 IM, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter diving, 400 medley relay (finals only).
Day 4, Saturday, 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, platform diving, 1650 freestyle (3:45 p.m. start), 400 free relay (finals only).
The official website for the women’s championship is http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.
As the host college, Georgia Tech’s website also features the Championship Central, where heat sheets and results will be updated each day.
The DI Women’s Swimming & Diving Program can be viewed at http://www.NCAA.com/gameprograms. The program is free to view and can be downloaded and printed
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