Britain is set fair for the NCAA’s after nine swimmers made it through the cut for the Women’s NCAA Championship to be held at the Greensboro Aquatic centre in North Carolina from 19th to the 21st March. The size of the 2015 cohort represents a more than doubling of the numbers who qualified in 2014.
Leading the way are the Florida contingent, who provide three swimmers after a successful SEC championship. Jessica Thielmann goes into the meet seeded third in the 1650y freestyle and is also slated for the A final of the 500y free. She rounds out her schedule with the 400IM but Florida will be looking for her to deliver big points in the distance free. Thielmann’s Gator team-mates Amelia Maughan, safely in to the 200y freestyle in her debut NCAA season, and Georgia Hohmann, in the 200y backstroke and 400IM also made the cut.
Elsewhere in Florida, Hatfield and Scotland’s Katie Armitage, here representing Florida Gulf Coast University, qualified in the 100y breaststroke, another to qualify in her freshman year.
As well as Hohmann the 400IM will also feature Fiona Donnelly, swimming for Virginia Tech, while Maughan is joined in the 200 free by Alabama’s Emma Saunders, who will also race the 200y backstroke.
Lucy Worrall, swimming for Southern California after her transfer from Miami, and Ellen Thomas of Virginia will contest the 100y butterfly, with Thomas also adding a spot in the 50y freestyle. The British contingent is completed by Hillingdon’s Francesca Marr, who will swim the 200y breaststroke for Purdue University.
In addition to the British representatives, Ireland’s Sycerika McMahon, swimming for Texas A&M, is also through the cut and will swim the 200IM and 100y Breaststroke.
Having qualified, swimmers have the option of adding additional events where invited, and British numbers may yet be swelled by relay only athletes.
- Emma Saunders (Alabama) – 200 freestyle, 200 Backstroke
- Georgia Hohmann (Florida) – 400IM, 200 backstroke
- Amelia Maughan (Florida) – 200 freestyle
- Jessica Thielmann (Florida) – 500 freestyle, 1650 freestyle, 400 IM
- Katie Armitage (Florida Gulf Coast) – 100 breaststroke
- Francesca Marr (Purdue) – 200 breaststroke
- Lucy Worrall (Southern California) – 100 butterfly
- Sycerika McMahon (Texas A&M) – 200IM, 100 breaststroke
- Ellen Thomas (Virginia) – 50 free 100 fly
- Fiona Donnelly (Virginia Tech) – 400 IM