Five Ivy Swimmers Wrap-Up 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championship Appearances
AUBURN, Ala. -- Five Ivy League swimmers took the pool at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Auburn for the 2012 Women's NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships over the past three days and they combined for three All-America honors.
Columbia junior Katie Meili opened her NCAA Championship meet on Thursday, March 15 by earning her first career NCAA Top-16 finish during the 200 IM preliminaries. She swam a personal best and a qualifying 'B-final' time of 1:57.08. Meili finished 13th to capture an All-America Honorable Mention honor, becoming the first Lion to earn All-America status since Cristina Teuscher did so in 2000. Meili began her second day at the 2012 NCAA Championships with a stellar performance in the preliminaries of the 100-breast on Friday, setting a program record by hitting the wall in 59.44 on her way to a fifth-place finish. With the top-five finish, she captured All-America honors in the event, her second in as many nights. She closed her championship out with the 200-breast, finishing her prelim swim in 2:13.31 to place 40th.
Princeton sophomore Lisa Boyce made her NCAA Championships debut on Thursday afternoon in the 50-free and posted a prelim time of 22.77 to place 46th in the field. Then on Friday, Boyce placed 38th among 63 NCAA qualifiers with a time of 53.81 in the 100-back. On Saturday Boyce, a three-time 2012 Ivy League individual champion, placed 31st in the 100-free in a time of 49.14, which moved her up six spots from her original seed time.
Harvard freshman Courtney Otto opened her first NCAA Championship on Thursday by competing in the 500-free prelims, in which she placed 54th with a time of 4:51.65. She then placed 30th in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.58 on Friday afternoon. Then on Saturday, Otto had her best showing of the weekend with a 24th-place finish in the 200-fly, which she completed in a time of 1:57.47.
Crimson senior Meghan Leddy Leddy qualified in the 200-back, an event she was a three-time Ivy League Champion in, and placed 42nd with a time of 1:58.48. She also swam in the 100-back prelims on Friday and finished 59th in 55.72.
Yale junior Alex Forrester swam her first race of the 2012 NCAA Championships on Thursday when she took to the pool for the 50-free. She put up her second-fastest time of the season to finish 43rd, exactly her seed entering the event. Her time of 22.71 put her in fourth place in the fourth of nine heats. Then on Friday in the 100-fly, Forrester posted a time of 51.95 in prelims, the fourth-fastest time in the field. In the Friday night finals session, she placed sixth in 51.93 to break her own Yale record and claim All-America honors. Forrester concluded her NCAA Championship with a DFS in the 100-free on Saturday.