Virginia Women Set for NCAA Championships
AUSTIN, Texas – The No. 11 Virginia women’s swimming team, fresh off its school record fourth consecutive Atlantic Coast Conference title, heads to Austin, Texas, to compete in the 2011 NCAA Championships. The event, which begins Thursday, is being held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on the Texas campus in Austin. Live results for all six sessions will be linked on VirginiaSports.com and ESPN3.com will have a live webcast of finals on Friday and Saturday night.
Preliminaries are scheduled to being at 11 a.m. CDT each day with finals slated for 7 p.m. CDT. Thursday’s finals will be broadcast live via NCAA.com.
The Cavaliers qualified 11 swimmers for the national meet, including seniors Katya Bachrouche, Claire Crippen, Hannah Davis, Kristen Moores, Anne Summer Myers and Liz Shaw; junior Kelly Flynn; sophomores Meredith Cavalier and Lauren Perdue; and freshmen Emily Lloyd and Rachel Naurath.
Nine swimmers – with the exception of the two freshmen – are returning to the NCAA Championships. Crippen, Davis and Shaw will be competing in their fourth consecutive national meet.
The 2011 event marks the 30th year Virginia has been represented at the NCAA Championships, all of which have come under the direction of head coach Mark Bernardino. Members of past Cavalier squads have scored point every year with the exception of the 1996 championships. UVa’s highest finish at the NCAA meet was seventh-place showing in 1988, which was also held in Austin, Texas.
Cara Lane is the only Virginia swimmer to win an individual national championship, doing so in the 1500-yard freestyle in 2000 and again in the 1650 freestyle in 2001.
A year ago, Virginia placed ninth – the highest finish since that 1988 showing – and four Cavalier relay squads picked up All-America or honorable mention All-America honors.
Two returning individuals – Perdue and Crippen – also earned All-America honors a year ago. Perdue was an All-America selection in both the 50 freestyle and 200 freestyle and an honorable mention selection in the 100 freestyle. Crippen was a honorable mention All-American in the 400 individual medley for the third straight year.
2011 Women’s NCAA Championships
Schedule of Events
Thursday, March 17
200 Freestyle Relay
200 Individual Medley
400 Medley Relay
Friday, March 18
200 Medley Relay
400 Individual Medley
800 Freestyle Relay
Saturday, March 19
400 Freestyle Relay