Harutjunjan, Ridout Earn Bids to NCAA Championships

March 2, 2016

LARAMIE, Wyo. -

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Wyoming’s Maria Harutjunjan and Emily Ridout were selected to compete in the 2016 NCAA Championships, the NCAA announced today. Ridout will compete in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 100 breast, while Harutjunjan will take part in the 100 and 200 breast for UW. It is the first time Wyoming has had two individual Cowgirls qualify for the championships in swimming events. The NCAA Championships take place at the McAuley Aquatic Center on the campus of Georgia Tech in Atlanta, Ga., on March 16-19.

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. She claimed a second-place finish in the 200 breast (2:12.18) as well. Additionally, Harutjunjan was a part of the 400 medley relay team that took gold in 3:35.86 to set a new school record. It was the first-ever victory for Wyoming in the 400 medley relay at the championships.

During the second day of the MW Championships, Ridout posted a school record in the 50 free prelims before taking second overall (22.42) in the final. Ridout’s prelim mark was 22.27. Ridout took third in both the 100 free and 100 breast as well for Wyoming. She recorded a time of 1:01.18 at the MW Championships, in addition to a 49.17 in the 100 free. She was the final leg of the first-place 400 medley relay squad and also a member of the third-place 200 free relay team that recorded a school-record time of 1:29.96.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified for the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances at the Zone Diving Meets held on March 7-12.