Five Saint Leo swimmers invited to NCAA championships

Five Saint Leo swimmers invited to NCAA championships

NCAA DIVISION II SWIMMING & DIVING CHAMPIONSHIPS QUALIFICATION LISTS

SAINT LEO, Fla. – Five Saint Leo swimmers received invitations to the 2017 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships when the Qualification Lists were released by the NCAA on Wednesday evening.

Three Saint Leo women's swimmers received invitations as well as two swimmers on the men's team.

WOMEN

- Junior Natalia Garriock received invitations for the 50 Freestyle, the 100 Freestyle, and the 100 Butterfly.

- Freshman Annie Lindstrom received invitations for the 50 Freestyle, the 100 Freestyle, and the 100 Butterfly.

- Senior Nicole Weber received an invitation for the 200 Breaststroke.

A total of 183 women's swimmers representing 48 institutions received invitations by achieving an automatic qualifying "A" cut standard or an invited "B" cut standard time.

Saint Leo also earned team qualification in the 200 and 400 Medley Relay events as well as the 200 and 400 Free Relays. Two additional swimmers may be added prior to the relay event confirmation deadline on Wednesday, March 1.

MEN

- Junior Hunter Bains received invitations for the 100 Freestyle and the 200 Freestyle.

- Junior Milosz Mikicin received an invitation for the 100 Backstroke.

A total of 157 men's swimmers representing 34 institutions received invitations by achieving an automatic qualifying "A" cut standard or an invited "B" cut standard time.

"We are very proud of these student-athletes for their selection into the NCAA championships," said Paul Mangen, Saint Leo's head men's and women's swim coach. "This is the ultimate goal for both swimmers and their coaches, and earning qualification is a testament to the hard work, dedication, and perseverance of these individuals."

"As the swimming world continues to get faster, it is great to be able to keep pace and continue to put our student athletes into this prestigious event. I have enjoyed this process with the group, and look forward to sharing this experience with all of them," said Mangen.

The 2017 NCAA Division II Men's and Women's Swimming & Diving Championships will take place on Tuesday, March 7, through Saturday, March 11, in Birmingham, Ala., at the Birmingham Crossplex/Natatorium.

The swimming and diving championship is part of the 2017 NCAA Division II Winter National Championships Festival in Birmingham, which will also see NCAA champions crowned in Division II men's and women's indoor track and field, and Division II wrestling.

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