Five Scots Headed to Swim Nationals
The College of Wooster will send five representatives – Melissa Haug, Morgan Hughes, Kate Hunt, Mariah McGovern, and Clare Walsh – to the NCAA Div. III Swimming and Diving Championships, which take place March 21-24 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind. It marks the first time Wooster's women's team has been part of the national field since 2006.
Hunt and Haug, both butterfly specialists, were invited (top-18) to compete in individual events, as Hunt qualified for the 200 butterfly (2:05.49) and 100 butterfly (56.24), where she ranks 13th and 14th in the nation, respectively, and Haug garnered an invite for the 200 butterfly (2:05.90) and is seeded 16th.
In addition, Hunt will compete in the 50 freestyle (23.92) and Haug in the 200 IM (2:07.36).
Wooster also had two relay teams qualify for nationals via top-16 times, as the 400 freestyle (3:30.65) consisting of Hunt, Hughes, Walsh, and Haug is the 14th-ranked group, and the 200 freestyle (1:35.87) of Hunt, McGovern, Haug, and Hughes is 15th. The Scots will also enter into the 200 and 400 medleys, as well as the 800 freestyle.
The last female swimmer from Wooster to compete at the NCAA Championship was Maggie Edwards in 2006, when she earned All-American honors in the 100 backstroke, and also competed in the 50 and 100 freestyles, to earn the Scots a 49th-place finish.
Just last year, Wooster's men's team sent diver Luke Knezevic to nationals and he returned with an eighth-place finish in the one-meter event, becoming the first male diver in school history to be named first-team All-American.