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Liberty's Reinhardt Set to Compete at NCAA Championships
Liberty freshman Jess Reinhardt will compete in the 100 fly at the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships, held at IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Ind., from Thursday through Saturday.
Live results and live video streaming will be available throughout the championships. The finals sessions on Friday and Saturday nights will appear live on ESPN3, with the championship round appearing on ESPNU on a taped-delay basis, next Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m.
Reinhardt qualified for the NCAA Championships with a conference-record, NCAA B cut and U.S. Open cut time of 52.87 at the Ohio State Last Chance Meet on March 3. Her time is ranked No. 35 among those entered in the event at the national championship meet. She was named CCSA Women's Freshman of the Meet after winning both the 100 and 200 fly at the 2013 CCSA Swimming & Diving Championships.
The Gatton, Queensland, Australia, native, will be Liberty's second-ever representative at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. Last season, Brye Ravettine competed in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 back at the NCAA national meet, becoming Liberty's first swimming All-American by placing 13th in the 50 free.
The NCAA Championship will feature the same program that Liberty swam at the CCSA Championships in February, when the Lady Flames earned second place. The top 16 times from each event in morning prelims qualify for evening finals, with the top eight swimming in the A Final. Those who complete races in the A Final earn All-America first team status, while B finalists are named honorable mention All-Americans.
Reinhardt will compete in the 100 fly on Friday morning, aiming to advance to finals. Last season, it took a time of 52.54 to make the B Final, and 52.31 to qualify for the A Final. If Friday's prelims go according to the psych sheet, it will take 52.13 to earn an evening swim, and 51.78 to make the A Final.
Kendyl Stewart of USC (51.32) and Kelsi Worrell of Louisville (51.55), both freshmen, hold the top two seed times, while Yale's Alexandra Forrester of Yale has the top time by a returner from last year's field, seeded third at 51.57. Rachel Bootsma of California, a 2012 Olympic Gold medalist as a relay alternate, is tied with Virginia Tech's Heather Savage for the seventh fastest seed, 51.78.
Liberty, ranked No. 37 in the latest Endless Pools/CollegeSwimming.com Top 25, had eight NCAA B cuts by individuals this season, and one NCAA B cut in a relay.