Toledo, OH - Two seniors on Mid-American Conference champion Toledo swimming and diving team will travel to Auburn, AL to compete in the NCAA championship meet this week, which takes place at Auburn University, March 15-17.
Claire Leichty (Cincinnati, OH; Purcell Marian High School) and Laura Lindsay (Uniontown, OH; Green High School) both qualified to compete in two races against the nation's best. Leichty will swim in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle, while Lindsay will compete in the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke.
The two swimmers took individual titles in each of their respective events at the MAC championships held at the University of Akron's Ocasek Natatorium in late February, and both were named first-team All-MAC.
Leichty placed first in the 500 freestyle in a time of 4:44.62, setting a pool record and missing the conference record by just .39 seconds. She also won the 1650 freestyle - her second-straight year winning the event - in a time of 16:11.80, a new MAC championship meet record. This is her first time qualifying for the national meet.
Qualifying for the second year in a row, Lindsay is wrapping up a season in which she won every single 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke race she swam in. She won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:00.15, but also recorded an impressive mark of 59.95 in the prelims, setting a new pool record, on top of a MAC record and championship meet record. Lindsay's winning time of 2:09.79 in the 200 breaststroke also established a new pool record, MAC record and championship meet record.
Lindsay made UT swimming history in 2011, as she was the first Rocket swimmer to qualify for an event final at the NCAA swimming championships. She finished 12th (1:00.33) in the preliminary heats of the 100 breaststroke to qualify for the B Final, where she placed 15th (1:00.95).
Leichty will compete in the 500 freestyle prelims on Thursday, March 15 and 1650 freestyle on Saturday, March 17. Lindsay will race in the prelims for the 100 breaststroke on Friday, March 16 and the 200 breaststroke on Saturday, March 17. A detailed championship schedule, as well as post-race results, can be accessed at http://www.ncaa.com/championships/swimming-women/d1.
Auburn University will also stream the preliminary sessions each of the three days, as well as the finals on Thursday (direct links are listed below). ESPN will stream the Friday and Saturday finals at WatchESPN.com.
Thursday (3/15) Finals:
Thursday (3/15) Prelims:
Friday (3/16) Prelims:
Saturday (3/17) Prelims:
Contact: Brad Pettiford
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