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Three members of the University of Wyoming women’s swimming and diving team are set to compete in the 2016 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Georgia Tech in the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta, Ga. Seniors Kari Campbell and Emily Ridout and sophomore Maria Harutjunjan will represent UW at the championships. It is the most Cowgirl student-athletes Wyoming will send to the championships in program history. All three Cowgirls will be first-time NCAA participants, as the event will take place beginning Wednesday through Saturday.
Ridout will be making her final swim in the Brown and Gold. Ridout will compete in the 50 and 100 free, as well as the 100 breast. She recorded a season-best and school record time of 22.27 in the 50 free during the Mountain West Championships. Her time in the 50 free ranks 34th nationally, while she is 63rd in the 100 breast (1:01.18) and 74th in the 100 free (49.17).
Harutjunjan will join Ridout in the 100 breast. Harutjunjan will also take part in the 200 breast for Wyoming. She 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. Harutjunjan’s top time in the 200 breast is 2:12.18, which is tied 63rd in the NCAA.
Campbell recorded a score of 495.10 to finish ninth on the platform and qualify for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships during the final day of the NCAA Zone “E” Diving Championships. Campbell became the first Cowgirl to ever qualify for the platform event and will be just the fourth diver to ever participate for UW in the NCAA Championships.
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions each Friday and Saturday. Tape delayed coverage of the championships will be broadcast on ESPNU at 5 p.m., MT on March 29th for the women’s championships. All sessions not streamed by ESPN will be streamed live on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships microsite at the link above.
Wyoming Participant Schedule
Thursday, March 17 – Prelims at 10 a.m. ET; Diving Prelims – 12:30 p.m. ET; Finals at 6 p.m. ET
Event 5 – 50-yard Freestyle – Emily Ridout
Saturday, March 19 – Prelims at 10 a.m. ET; Diving Prelims – 12:15 p.m. ET; 1650 heats – 3:45 p.m. ET; Finals at 6 p.m. ET (ESPN3)
Event 17 – 100-yard Freestyle – Emily Ridout
Event 18 – 200-yard Breaststroke – Maria Harutjunjan
Event 20 – Platform Diving – Kari Campbell