DURHAM, N.H. – Junior Katie Mann (Prince George, British Columbia) of the University of New Hampshire women's swimming & diving team has been selected to compete at the NCAA Women's Division I Championships at the University of Minnesota's Aquatic Center. The three-day event starts Thursday, March 20 and concludes Saturday, March 22.
This marks the second consecutive time that the junior has been invited to the championship meet. Mann is slated to compete in the 200- and 400-yard IM as well as the 200-yard breaststroke. In addition, Jenni Roberts (Springvale, Maine) has been named an alternate for the NCAA Championships. If called up, the senior will also be making her second consecutive appearance. Roberts would compete in the 100- and 200-yard butterfly as well as the 200-yard IM.
In an effort to trim her time down even further from the America East Championships (4 minutes, 14.10 seconds), the reigning ECAC champion in the 400-yard IM rewrote her previous record at the ECAC's on March 1. Mann paced the field to clock in with a NCAA provisional cut and personal-best time of 4:09.40 seconds, snapping her previous mark of 4:11.18. The time currently ranks her 23rd in the nation.
The junior also qualified for the 200-yard breaststroke at the America East Championships in a time trail (Feb. 16). Mann notched a split time of 1:02.17 at the 100 mark, breaking the UNH record (Allison Nahin, 2011, 1:02.48). Mann, the Philip Hunsaker CollegeSwimming.com Women's Division I Swimmer of the Week on Feb. 19, went on to finish the race with a new school record and NCAA provisional standard of 2:10.30, ranking her 31st in Division I. Mann also notched a first place finish in the 200-yard IM at the conference championships. Her time of 1:59.12 is a new career-best for the junior.
In order to qualify for the NCAA Championships, a swimmer must meet or exceed a specific time standard during a qualifying period. Of the nearly 200 Division I institutions and thousands of student-athletes competing throughout the qualifying periods, only the top 39 competitors in each event are invited to compete in the three-day meet.
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