DURHAM, N.C. – Coming off of a historic performance at the 2014 ACC Swimming and Diving Championship, the Duke women had two swimmers receive invitations to compete in individual events at the 2014 NCAA Championship, scheduled for March 20-22 at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Seniors Lauren Weaver and Christine Wixted will make their second career appearances at the NCAA Championship after both were invited to the championship meet in Indianapolis, Ind. last season. The Blue Devils will also send four more swimmers to Minneapolis to swim on the team's 200-yard medley relay, which garnered automatic qualification to NCAAs with a 1:37.91 clocking at the ACC Championship, as well as the 200 freestyle relay.
Weaver was invited to compete in the 50 freestyle for the second consecutive year. The Cincinnati, Ohio native broke her own school record in the event at the conference championship, tapping the wall at 22.19 to secure All-ACC honors with a third-place finish. Also an All-ACC performer in the 100 butterfly this season, Weaver will swim in that event as well as the 100 freestyle at the NCAA Championship.
Wixted qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke, posting times of 1:00.01 and 2:10.10 in the events during the fall at the Nike Cup Invitational. A four-time All-ACC performer, Wixted was fourth this year in both breaststroke events at the ACC Championship. She will also compete in the 200 IM in Minneapolis after notching a provisional-qualifying mark of 1:58.60 during the season.
Freshmen Jessie Sutherland and Maddie Rusch joined Weaver and Wixted in helping Duke qualify the 200 medley relay, the first in program history to advance to the NCAA Championship. Weaver, Rusch and sophomores Kathryn Eckhart and Chelsea Ye will represent the Blue Devils in the 200 freestyle relay after posting an NCAA 'B' cut and program record of 1:30.01 at the ACC Championship.
A total of 281 swimmers from 70 different schools qualified for the 2014 NCAA Championship.
Duke’s divers will try to gain qualification to the NCAA Championships when they travel to the NCAA Zone B Diving Championships March 10-12 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Duke Swimmers at 2014 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championship
|Kathryn Eckhart||So.||200 freestyle relay (1:30.01)|
|Maddie Rusch||Fr.||200 freestyle relay (1:30.01), 200 medley relay (1:37.91)|
|Jessie Sutherland||Fr.||200 medley relay (1:37.91)|
|Lauren Weaver||Sr.||50 freestyle (22.19), 100 freestyle (49.75), 100 butterfly (53.18), 200 freestyle relay (1:30.01), 200 medley relay (1:37.91)|
|Christine Wixted||Sr.||100 breaststroke (1:00.01), 200 breaststroke (2:10.10), 200 IM (1:58.60), 200 medley relay (1:37.91)|
|Chelsea Ye||So.||200 freestyle relay (1:30.01)|