March 19, 2014
LARAMIE, Wyo. -
Cowgirl senior swimmer Morgan Hartigan will represent the University of Wyoming swimming team at the NCAA women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. The championships is hosted by the University of Minnesota at the University of Minnesota Aquatics Center in Minneapolis, Minn., beginning Thursday and continuing through Saturday. Hartigan will compete in the 100 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 200 individual medley.
Hartigan will begin the NCAA Championships on Thursday, with the 200 individual medley in which she ranked 42nd in the NCAA at 1:58.37. The 200 individual medley will begin at 10 a.m. MT with the finals following at 6 p.m. MT. She will compete in the 100 backstroke preliminaries on Friday afternoon with finals to follow. Hartigan ranked 32nd in the country in the event with a time of 52.98. She will wrap up the championships on Saturday with the 100 freestyle an event that she ranked 36th in the NCAA at 48.77.
The Cheyenne, Wyo., native had an excellent regular season that culminated with the Mountain West Championship. She earned All-MW honors in four events; 200 individual medley, 100 backstroke, 100 freestyle and 400 medley relay. Hartigan broke the school record in the 100 freestyle in her final swim of the championships at 48.77. She also set a school record at the championships in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:58.37. Her qualifying time of 52.98 in the 100 backstroke came in November in duals at New Mexico.
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.
ESPN3 will stream finals sessions Friday and Saturday for both championships. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour show at 9 p.m. ET on April 2 for the women’s championships, and 8 p.m. ET on April 9 for the men’s.
The Wyoming swimming and diving teams finished high in the recently released CollegeSwimming.com/Endless Pools Mid-Major Division I Titles. The Cowboys finished seventh in the polls with the Cowgirls finishing ninth. Two conference foes claimed the top spots with UNLV on the men’s side and San Diego State on the women’s side. The mid-major rankings compare non-BCS programs that provide fewer than one-half of the allowable scholarships under NCAA rules.