Texas A&M will be seeking its seventh straight top 10 national finish at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday through Saturday at the Indiana University Natatorium on the IUPUI campus.
The Aggies are well-equipped for the challenge with 16 student-athletes on their NCAA roster, including 10 swimmers and divers making return trips to the national meet. Nine of the veterans of previous NCAA meets have earned All-America status.
Representing the A&M women at nationals are seniors Jordan King, Maureen McLaine, Tess Simpson, and Rebecca St. Germain; juniors Cammile Adams, Erica Dittmer, Breeja Larson, Melanie McClure, Caroline McElhany and Paige Miller; sophomores Kelli Benjamin, Sammie Bosma, Sarah Henry and Liliana Ibanez; and freshmen Ashley McGregor and Meredith Oliver.
Veterans of multiple trips to the NCAA Championships include McLaine, Simpson, Adams, Dittmer, Larson and Miller, while St. Germain, McElhany, Henry and Ibanez will be making their second trips to the national meet. Making their NCAA debuts are King, McClure, Benjamin, Bosma, McGregor and Oliver.
The Aggie head to Indy with scoring potential in every event except the platform dive, and have the national leaders in five swimming races. Larson tops the psych sheet in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, and is the NCAA and American record-holder in both races. The 2012 London Olympian will be seeking to defend her NCAA crown in the 100 breast. Adams, also a London Olympian, is the national leader in the 200 butterfly and will be seeking her first NCAA title after taking silver in the race at the past two NCAA meets. Henry, who redshirted last season due to injury, returns to the NCAA meet as the top seed in the 500 and 1,650 freestyles. Her time of 4:33.07 in the 500 ranks No. 2 in NCAA history.
Also ranked in the top 16 on the pre-NCAA meet psych sheet are Adams (No. 3) and McLaine (No. 14) in the 500 free, McElhany (No. 9) in the 200 IM, Ibanez (No. 15) in the 50 free, Adams (No. 4) and Henry (No. 5) in the 400 IM, McElhany (No. 9) and Miller (No. 13) in the 100 fly, Ibanez (No. 10) in the 200 free, Miller (No. 3) and Simpson (No. 13) in the 100 back, McLaine (No. 4) in the 1,650 free, Ibanez (No. 14) in the 100 free, McGregor (No. 6) in the 200 breast, and McElhany (No. 2) in the 200 fly.
Live results will be available at www.ncaa.com.
ESPN3 will stream live the championship finals sessions Friday and Saturday. Coverage of the finals sessions Friday and Saturday will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Wednesday, April 10.