11 Swimmers Qualify For NCAA Championships

11 Swimmers Qualify For NCAA Championships

Seven Athenas and four Stags will represent CMS at the 2010 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota, March 17-20.

The Athenas earned a program-best sixth place finish in 2009 and look to make noise again at this year’s NCAA’s.  Junior Annie Perizzolo is seeded among the top four in both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.  Sophomore Katie Bilotti is ranked in the top six in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke.  The backstroke events are particularly deep for CMS, with Bilotti, Elsa Cheng, Tessa Dover and Jenni Rinker all ranked in the top 13 in the 100 back.  Sophomore Emma Jones qualified individually in the 100 yard freestyle.

Four Athena relays found their way above the “cut-line”.  The CMS 200 medley relay and 400 medley relay could place among the nation’s best.  Sophomore Elica Sharifnia is a relay-only invitee and will swim on the 200 freestyle relay.  The Athena 400 free relay could also contend for a spot in the Finals.

The Stags will be led by freshman Blake Weber.  Weber qualified in the 200 yard individual medley and the 200 freestyle.  He will also swim the 200 backstroke and join teammates Andrew Cosentino, Jeff McNerney and Austin Hallett on the 800 yard freestyle relay.  Cosentino will also compete individually in the 200 free and 100 free, while McNerney will race in the 200 free as an individual event.

The meet will be hosted by Beloit College and the College of Wooster at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.  Preliminaries begin at 10:00 and finals at 6:00 each day.