March 4, 2010
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
With the official announcement on Wednesday, Wyoming senior Cassie Stelow will travel to the 2010 Women's NCAA Championships in West Lafayette, Ind. March 18-20 and compete in the 50 freestyle for a chance to win an NCAA Championship. Stelow is the first Cowgirl swimmer to qualify for NCAAs since Norma Hughes did so in 1994. She will be seeded 18th in the 50 freestyle.
Stelow, a native of Oneida, Wis., won the Mountain West Conference Championship in the 50 freestyle last week with a time of 22.45. That time not only was a new Wyoming school record, but also set the new MWC all-time record. Stelow also anchored the 200 freestyle and 400 freestyle relays at the conference championships that also swam to first place finishes. She was named MWC All-Conference in the 50 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 200 freestyle relay, 400 freestyle relay, 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay.
"We are thrilled that Cassie was able to qualify for the NCAA Championships," said UW head coach Tom Johnson. "She is ending a 16-year drought which is long over due for a Cowgirl to make NCAAs. We are all very happy for her success and I am looking forward to her tremendous swimming."
The 50 freestyle is scheduled for Thursday, March 18. At the championships, each day's preliminary competition will begin at 9 a.m. (MST) and will be immediately followed by the consolation finals. Each day's finals will begin at 5 p.m. (MST).
NCAA.com will stream both sessions of competition on Thursday and Friday, and the preliminary session on Saturday. ESPN360.com will stream the finals live on Saturday. To access the live stream, visit www.ESPN360.com.