ATLANTA, Ga. – Nine Bruins travel to Atlanta for this week’s NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, to be held March 16-19 at Georgia Tech’s McAuley Aquatic Center.
Senior Katie Kinnear, juniors Linnea Mack, Madison White, and Annika Lenz, sophomores Katie Grover and Maria Polyakova, and freshmen Caroline McTaggart, Emma Schanz, and Eloise Belanger will participate in individual events, while the Bruin A squads will compete in the 800 Freestyle, 400 Medley, and 400 Freestyle Relays.
ESPN3.com will live stream Friday and Saturday’s finals. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions, along with Friday and Saturday’s morning sessions, will be streamed live on NCAA.com. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour broadcast via tape delay at 4 p.m. PT, Tuesday, March 29. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.
Swimming preliminaries begin at 7 a.m. PT on each day of competition, followed by finals at 3 p.m. PT. Diving prelims take place at 9:30 a.m. PT on Thursday (1-meter), 9:15 a.m. PT on Friday (3-meter), and 9:15 a.m. PT on Saturday (platform).
Championship action kicks off on Wednesday at 3 p.m. PT with the 800 Freestyle Relay.
Individual prelims begin on Thursday, with Schanz competing in the 200 Individual Medley. Mack and McTaggart then hit the pool for the 50 Freestyle. Last time out, Mack posted a season-best 22.06 at the Pac-12s—just .03 seconds off her school record time of 22.03, which she swam at last year’s AT&T Winter Nationals. The Bruins close out the morning session with the 400 Medley Relay.
To open diving action, Polyakova and Belanger compete in the 1-meter prelims on Thursday. Polyakova was the Pac-12 Champion in the 1-meter with a season best 324.80. Belanger placed third at the Pac-12s and went on to post a season-high 314.60 at Zones last week.
Action continues for UCLA on Friday with the 100 Butterfly, 200 Freestyle, and 100 Backstroke prelims. Grover hits the pool for both the 100 Fly and the 200 Free—McTaggart and Kinnear join her in the former, while White joins Grover in the latter. Mack, White, Kinnear, and Schanz wrap Friday’s individual prelims with the 100 Back. At the Pac-12s, Mack broke her own school record twice in one day—first in the championship final of the 100 Back (51.98) to finish sixth and again as the lead-off leg in the 400 Medley Relay (51.37)—and White posted a season-best 52.67 to finish eighth in the event.
Polyakova and Belanger close out springboard action with the 3-meter event on Friday. Both divers posted season highs in postseason action—Polyakova with a 344.10 at Zones and Belanger with a 338.95 at the Pac-12s. At last year’s NCAA Championships, Polyakova scored a career-best 392.00 to set a new UCLA record in the 3-meter.
All six Bruin swimmers take to the pool on Saturday—White in the 200 Backstroke, Mack and McTaggart in the 100 Freestyle, Schanz in the 200 Breaststroke, and Grover and Kinnear in the 200 Butterfly. Saturday’s prelims conclude with the 400 Freestyle Relay.
Diving concludes on Saturday as Lenz and Belanger take to the tower for the platform event. Lenz, who set a UCLA school record in the platform at last year’s Pac-12 Championships (323.15), finished fourth at Zones last week. Belanger punched her ticket to Atlanta after recording a 254.75 to finish eighth at Zones.