SWIMMING & DIVING: 12 Lady Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Championships

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SWIMMING & DIVING: 12 Lady Bulldogs Qualify for NCAA Championships

Emily Cameron, of Lititz, Pennsylvania, swims breaststroke while competing in the women’s 200 yard breaststroke during the Georgia Fall Swimming and Diving Invitational in Athens, Georgia on December 6, 2015.
(Photo: Emily Selby)

Twelve Georgia swimmers are listed on the official NCAA Championships women’s psych sheet released on Wednesday.
The Lady Bulldogs will be vying for their seventh national title March 16-19 at Georgia Tech.
Emily Cameron, Caitlin Casazza, Hali Flickinger, Megan Kingsley, Shauna Lee, Brittany MacLean, Stephanie Peters, Meaghan Raab, Olivia Smoliga, Kylie Stewart, Annie Zhu and Rachel Zilinskas will be competing in swimming events for the Lady Bulldogs.
Wednesday’s announcement, however, does not mean the Lady Bulldogs’ NCAAs roster is set. Olivia Ball, Madison Duvall, Allison Greene, Kelly Thatcher and Natalie Wallace will compete Monday through Wednesday in the Zone B Diving Championships at Georgia Tech as they attempt to join their swimming counterparts in the national meet.
The Lady Bulldogs may also be adding relay-only swimmers. A maximum of 18 participants can advance to Atlanta.
Southern Cal, Tennessee and Texas A&M have the most entries with 13 each. Cal and Virginia also both have 12, followed by Auburn with 11, and N.C. State and Texas with 10 apiece.
Swimmers may compete in three individual events and on up to four of the five relays at the NCAAs.
Georgia has three seniors, three juniors, four sophomores and two freshmen entered in the national meet.
The Lady Bulldogs won national championships in 1999, 2000, 2001, 2005, 2013 and 2014. In the last 17 years, Georgia has finished first or second at the national meet 14 times.
The meet selections for the men’s NCAAs will be announced next week.

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