A pair of America East women’s swimmers have been invited to the 2014 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships at the University of Minnesota’s Aquatic Center. The event is slated to take place over three days from Thursday, March 20 through Saturday, March 22. UMBC freshman Emily Escobedo and New Hampshire junior Katie Mann will swim in the women’s championship, while senior Jenni Roberts, also of UNH, was selected as a reserve.
Escobedo is just the third female Retriever to advance to the NCAA Championships. The America East Most Outstanding Swimmer and Most Outstanding Rookie will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke, in which she shaved off just over two seconds from her personal-best for a time of 2:10.05 at the ECAC Championship at Navy to lift her to the NCAA Meet. Escobedo set new standards in the 100 and 200-breast events at the league meet. However, her 200 mark was later shattered by Mann in a time trial, clocking in at 2:10.30, which gave her the postseason berth. As of March 20th, she ranked 25th nationally in the 200-breast.
Mann, who is making her second-straight appearance, will also be competing in the 200 and 400-yard IMs in addition to the 200 breast. She notched NCAA provisional times of 1:59.12 (200-IM) and 4:09.40 (400-IM), which later proved to be good enough for postseason bids. She is currently ranked nationally in the 400-IM (23rd) and 200-breast (30th).
If Roberts is called up as an alternate, she will be making her second consecutive appearance and could compete in the 100 and 200-flies and the 200 IM.
ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live. Thursday’s sessions, along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday, will be streamed live via gophersports.com. Additionally, ESPNU will air a 90-minute show at 9 p.m. ET, Wednesday, April 2. Live results for the championships will be available on www.NCAA.com.