Ridout Opens NCAA Championships with 50 Free

March 17, 2016


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Senior Emily Ridout represented the University of Wyoming on Thursday morning at the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. Ridout won the fourth preliminary heat of the 50 free with a time of 22.38.

Thursday was the first full day of competition at the championships, as races of the 200 free relay, 500 free, 200 IM, 50 free, 400 medley relay, as well as the 1-meter diving were held at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech. The 800 free relay was the lone event on Wednesday night.

Ridout, who is the school-record holder in the 50 free came into the championships with 33rd fastest time in the NCAA. She moved up nine spots and finished tied for 24th in the event. Ridout recorded a season-best and school record time of 22.27 in the 50 free during the Mountain West Championships.

Ridout will return to the pool Friday morning alongside sophomore Maria Harutjunjan. The two of them will each compete in the 100 breast for the Cowgirls. Harutjunjan repeated as the 100 breast champ at the MW Championships by winning the event in a time of 1:00.21. It not only set a school record, but also became the MW all-time record and is the 27th-best time in the nation. Ridout is 63rd in the NCAA in the 100 breast (1:01.18).

Day two action at the 2016 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships continues tomorrow with preliminary rounds at 8 a.m., MT. Friday night’s finals will be streamed live beginning at 4 p.m., on ESPN3.