Hartigan Makes History in NCAA Women's Championships Opener

March 20, 2014

MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -

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University of Wyoming senior swimmer Morgan Hartigan made history in the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center Pool on Thursday at the NCAA Women's Championships. She became the first Cowgirl swimmer to compete in an individual medley event at the championships, as well as the first Cowgirl to compete in the championships since Kelsey Conci in 2012.

The Cheyenne, Wyo., native swam a 2:01.76 in the 200 individual medley in her first action of the NCAA Championships. Her time placed her in 60th place in the 66-swimmer field. Hartigan's mark in the event was also the fourth fastest time in school history, as she owns two of the top-four times in the event in school history.

"She got off to a great start in the first half of the race and had a really good time in the breaststroke, but she seemed to struggle in the freestyle," UW head coach Tom Johnson said. "We just need to get good rest tonight and really get after it tomorrow in 100 backstroke.

Hartigan returns to the pool tomorrow morning at 10 am MT. She will compete competing in the 100 backstroke. Hartigan ranked 32nd in the NCAA in the event this season with a time of 52.98.