CHARLOTTESVILLE, Va. –The Virginia women’s swimming team will send 15 athletes to the 2020 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the Ramsey Center in Athens, Georgia (March 18-21), the NCAA announced on Wednesday (March. 4). The Cavaliers qualified in all five relays for the 12th consecutive year.
Redshirt senior Megan Moroney (Deerfield Beach, Fla.), senior Morgan Hill (Olney, Md.), juniors Caroline Gmelich (Rumson, N.J.), Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.), Marcella Maguire (Ridgefield, Conn.), Abby Richter (Henderson, Nev.), Emma Seiberlich (Audubon, Pa.) and Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.), sophomores Julia Menkhaus (Charlotte, N.C.), Jessica Nava (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) and Alexis Wenger (Detroit, Mich.), and freshmen Lexi Cuomo (Clifton, Va.), Maddie Donohoe (Annadale, Va.), Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.) and Ella Nelson (Nashville, Tenn.) earned berths to the NCAA Championships and will represent the Cavaliers on the national stage.
All four evening sessions at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be streamed on ESPN3. All sessions not on ESPN3 will be streamed on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships’ microsite located on the University of Georgia’s athletics site at www.georgiadogs.com.
Virginia ties Stanford for the largest roster of qualified swimmers as both teams advanced 15 athletes to the meet (not including divers). The two programs enter the national championships as the top-two teams in the country, according to the latest ranking from the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of the America. The second-ranked Cavaliers will look to snap a streak of three straight national championships by the top-ranked Cardinal at this year’s event.
The 15 swimmers is the most the program has qualified (not including alternates) since the team sent 16 swimmers in 2010.
Virginia finished sixth at last year’s NCAA Championships, recording the program’s third-best all-time finish. The Cavaliers earned 16 All-America honors. Moroney and Hill both earned their 13th-career All-America honor at the meet to tie at ninth all-time in UVA history for most All-America accolades.
The Virginia women’s diving team will look to advance competitors to the national meet at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships. The regional dive meet will be held March 9-11 at the Aquatic Center at Mylan Park in Morgantown, W. Va.