Seven MW Swimmers Invited to NCAA National Championships

March 1, 2012

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. - Seven Mountain West swimmers have received invitations to the 2012 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, March 15-17, at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Thirteen divers will be competing in NCAA Zones on March 8-10 for the chance to advance to the finals at Auburn.

2012 MW champion Boise State leads the group with four invitees. The Broncos' 200-yard freestyle relay team of Amber Boucher, Stevie Hughey, Sydney Johansen and Stephanie North advanced with the 14th-best time in the nation of 1:29.73. Boucher, the 2012 MW Swimmer of the Year, will also compete in the 50-yard freestyle (22.31), 100-yard freestyle (48.51) and 100-yard butterfly (52.30). North will compete in two additional events as well, the 50-yard freestyle (22.33) and 100-yard freestyle (48.34).

TCU's Sabine Rasch, UNLV's Katelyne Herrington and Wyoming's Kelsey Conci have also been invited. Rasch will swim in the 100-yard freestyle (48.70), while Herrington will compete in the 100-yard butterfly (52.43) and Conci in the 100-yard backstroke (52.47).

Of the 13 divers that qualified for NCAA Zones, 12 will compete at the Zone E Championships in Colorado Springs, while TCU's Katie Lybbert will participate in the 3-meter springboard at the Zone D Championships in Iowa City, Iowa. San Diego State will have four divers competing, Kristen Meier, Rafaella Suarez, Anna Steiner and Aina Eill. New Mexico's three entries in the meet will be led by MW Diver of the Year Ashlee Erickson.

2012 NCAA Swimming Championship Invitees
Amber Boucher, Boise State - 200-yard freestyle relay, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle, 100-yard butterfly
Stevie Hughey, Boise State - 200-yard freestyle relay
Sydney Johansen, Boise State - 200-yard freestyle relay
Stephanie North, Boise State - 200-yard freestyle relay, 50-yard freestyle, 100-yard freestyle
Sabine Rasch, TCU - 100-yard freestyle
Katelyne Herrington, UNLV - 100-yard butterfly
Kelsey Conci, Wyoming - 100-yard backstroke

2012 NCAA Diving Zones Qualifiers
Amanda Burnett, Boise State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard, platform
Ciera Cortney, Boise State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard
Shayna Solomon, Colorado State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard
Madeline Mitchell, Colorado State - platform
Ashlee Erickson, New Mexico - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard
Megan Harper, New Mexico - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard
Michole Timm, New Mexico - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard, platform
Anna Eill, San Diego State - platform
Kristen Meier, San Diego State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard, platform
Anna Steiner, San Diego State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard, platform
Rafaella Suarez, San Diego State - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard, platform
Katie Lybbert, TCU - 3-meter springboard
Mariah Skeen, UNLV - 1-meter springboard, 3-meter springboard