Virginia Women to Begin NCAA Championships Thursday
March 18, 2015
|2015 Women’s NCAA Championships|
|Date||Thursday-Saturday March 20-22 | Prelims 11 a.m. | Finals 7 p.m.|
|Location||Greensboro, N.C. | Greensboro Aquatic Center|
|Coverage||Championship Central (includes live results and video links)|
|Additional Information||Twitter | Facebook | Instagram | Schedule of Events|
CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va.–The ACC Champion Virginia women’s swimming and diving team opens action at the NCAA Championships Thursday (March 19) at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C. The meet runs Thursday-Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. daily
Live results and streaming video will be available at VirginiaSports.com. ESPN3 will broadcast the finals sessions on Friday and Saturday.
The Cavalier individual swimming qualifiers competing at the meet include seniors Shaun Casey, Alison Haulsee and Ellen Williamson, juniors Courtney Bartholomew and Hanne Borgersen, sophomores Kaitlyn Jones, Leah Smith, Laura Simon and Ellen Thomas and freshmen Caitlin Cooper and Jennifer Marrkand. For the first time at the NCAA Championships, UVa women’s diving will be represented, as junior Becca Corbett qualified at the NCAA Zone Diving Championships last week. Virginia will also travel two relay alternates, including sophomore Shannon Rauth and freshman Cece Williams.
UVa has qualified at least 10 student-athletes for the eighth-consecutive year and it is also the seventh-straight season that all five Virginia relays have qualified. The Cavaliers’ highest finish at the NCAA meet was seventh in 1988.
Haulsee and Williamson will be competing at the NCAA Championships for the fourth time in their careers. Williamson is a six-time All-American, including a sixth place finish in the 200 back at the 2012 national meet, while Haulsee is a two-time honorable mention All-American in the 200 fly (2012 and 2013).
Bartholomew, Borgersen and Casey will be making their third appearances at the national meet. Bartholomew earned All-America honors in both backstroke events last year, placing third in the 200 back and fifth in the 100 back. Borgersen earned All-America honors as part of the 800 free relay that finished fifth at the 2014 meet and took home honorable mention All-America honors with a 16th-place finish in the 1,650 free.
Jones, Simon, Smith and Thomas will all compete at the national meet for a second time. Smith placed third in the 1,650 free in 2014, earning All-America honors, and ninth in the 500 free for honorable mention honors. Jones and Simon took home honorable mention All-America honors last year in the 200 IM and 200 breast, respectively. Thomas was part of the 200 free relay that earned honorable mention All-America accolades.
Cooper and Marrkand will be making their NCAA Championship debuts.
The Cavaliers earned their eighth-consecutive ACC Championship Feb. 21 in Atlanta, the first team to win eighth straight titles. Virginia won three relays and six individual events at the conference meet.
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 19
200 free relay – Virginia
500 free – Leah Smith, Hanne Borgersen, Alison Haulsee
200 IM – Courtney Bartholomew, Kaitlyn Jones, Ellen Williamson, Shaun Casey, Laura Simon
50 free – Ellen Thomas, Caitlin Cooper
400 medley relay – Virginia
Friday, March 20
200 medley relay – Virginia
400 IM – Jones, Casey
100 fly – Williamson, Thomas, Jennifer Marrkand
200 free – Smith, Borgersen
100 breast – Simon
100 back – Bartholomew, Cooper
800 free relay – Virginia
Saturday, March 21
1,650 free – Smith, Borgersen, Haulsee
200 back – Bartholomew, Marrkand
100 free – Thomas, Cooper
200 breast – Simon
200 fly – Williamson, Jones, Marrkand, Casey, Haulsee
400 free relay – Virginia