GREENSBORO, N.C. – Six members of the Wesleyan women's swimming and diving program qualified for the 2019 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship, as announced by the NCAA on March 4th. The Championship will be held on March 20-23 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, North Carolina with The Old Dominion Athletic Conference as a co-host. The women's events will precede the men's events with trials beginning at 10:00 a.m. each day and finals taking place at 6:00 p.m. A total of 579 participants (526 swimmers and 53 divers) will compete in the championships and NCAA.com will stream all sessions Wednesday through Saturday.
Wesleyan will begin competition on Wednesday with the sixth-ranked 200-yard medley relay. The relay team will be composed of Caroline Murphy (back), Mengmeng Gibbs (breast), Maela Whitcomb (fly) and Hannah O'Halloran (free).
On Thursday, the 30th ranked 200-yard freestyle relay (Murphy, O'Halloran, Sophia Antonio and Grace Middleton) will compete, before O'Halloran takes to the pool for the 200-yard freestyle. The 10th ranked 400-yard medley relay composed of Murphy (back), Gibbs (breast), Whitcomb (fly) and Middleton (free) will also compete on Thursday.
Second-ranked Murphy will search for a National title in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday morning. She placed fourth overall last year to earn All-American honors, before earning her second-straight NESCAC crown in the event this year. O'Halloran will also compete in the event, before she competes as part of the 21st-ranked 800-yard freestyle relay with Whitcomb, Middleton and Antonio later in the morning.
On Saturday, Murphy will race in the 100-yard freestyle where she is ranked 14th, while O'Halloran will take to the pool in the 200-yard backstroke. The final event for the Cardinals will be the eighth-ranked 400-yard freestyle relay with Murphy, O'Halloran, Anotonio and Middleton.