Women’s Swimming to Send Nine to NCAA DIII & Men’s Swimming Sending Program-Record Eight to Swimming and Diving Championships

Hoboken, NJ – On Monday afternoon, the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) announced the field for the 2011 NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships and nine student-athletes from the Stevens Institute of Technology women’s swimming team be making the trip to the four-day event scheduled to run from March 23-26, in Knoxville, Tenn.

Junior Sian Pearson (Foothill Ranch, Calif.) and senior captain Amanda Nauman (Mission Viejo, Calif.) will be in the 500-yard freestyle as the Nos. 20 and 31 seeds, respectively (5:01.97, 5:04.10), while sophomore Marissa Douglas (Cumberland, R.I.) is seeded 17th in the 200-yard individual medley.

Senior Laura Barito (Arkadelphia, Ark.) is No. 7 in the 50-yard freestyle (23.38), while junior Hayley Hatfield (Dallas, Texas) is seeded 27th (23.89). Douglas and freshman Megan Lisbon (Woodbridge, Va.) are seeded 19th and 28th in the 400-yard individual medley (4:30.19, 4:36.54), while freshman Louise Moores (Mukilteo, Wash.) is No. 21 in the 100-yard butterfly (56.95). Barito is the 29th seed in the 100-fly (57.52) and senior Gabrielle Czernik (Wanaque, N.J.) is 33rd (57.67).

Pearson is 22nd in the 200-yard freestyle (1:53.28), with Hatfield checking in at No. 33 (1:53.88) as Nauman and Pearson are seeds 22 and 23 in the 200-yard butterfly (2:06.61, 2:07.16). Moores is the eighth seed in the 100-yard backstroke (56.52) and Lisbon is 36th (58.63), while Czernik is No. 20 in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:05.50).

Barito is seeded seventh in the 100-yard freestyle (50.98), Moores is 25th (51.90), and Hatfield is 33rd (52.22). Lisbon received the 19th seed in the 200-yard backstroke (2:04.10), with Douglas checking in it No. 33 (2:06.43), and Czernik is also 27th in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:23.45).

Stevens will participate in the 200-yard medley relay (No. 7), 200-yard freestyle relay (No. 5), 400-yard medley relay (No. 8), and the 400-yard freestyle relay (No. 3). In addition to the above athletes, sophomore sprinter Allison Henning (Idaho Falls, Idaho) will be participating in the relay events as well.

“The team has trained incredibly hard all year with the goal of qualifying and competing at NCAA Championships,” head coach Trevor Miele (New York, N.Y.) said. “I am thrilled that we will be sending nine from the women’s team to the national meet, I look forward to seeing how fast we are able to swim.”
The Ducks placed 12th nationally in 2010 and 11th in 2009 and are eyeing a top-10 finish nationally for the first time in program history later this month.

Men’s swimming team will be sending a program-record eight student-athletes to the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division III Swimming and Diving Championships, it was announced Monday afternoon. Sophomore Alex Benham (Raleigh, N.C.), senior Evan Wilson (Oak Harbor, Wash.), sophomore John Hu (Oak Harbor, Wash.), senior co-captain Dan Pecoraro (Lodi, N.J.) will all be competing in individual and relay events, while senior co-captain Matthew Preedy (Southampton, Pa.) and freshmen Joe Huyett (Blandon, Pa.), Tyler Hessler (Southbury, Conn.), and Nick Noga (Oriskany, N.Y.) will participate in relays only.

Benham will swim in the 500-yard freestyle and as the 18th seed (4:33.59), while Wilson will be the 13th seed in the 200-yard individual medley (1:52.06). Hu is the 16th seed in the 200-IM (1:52.30).

Hu and Wilson are seeded second and fourth, respectively, in the 400-yard individual medley (3:56.05, 3:58.12), while Pecoraro is No. 19 in the 200-yard freestyle at 1:41.08 and Benham is No. 30 (1:41.75). Hu is the No. 1 seed in the nation in the 200-yard butterfly (1:48.90), while Wilson and Benham are Nos. 12 and 14 in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:53.25, 15:55.21). Pecoraro is 16th in the 200-yard backstroke and will be the Ducks’ final individual competitor at the event.

The Ducks will have representation in the 200-yard medley relay (No. 20), 200-yard freestyle relay (No. 21), the 400-yard medley relay (No. 22), 800-yard freestyle relay (No. 11), and 400-yard freestyle relay (No. 13).

“The team has trained incredibly hard this year with the goal of qualifying and competing at NCAA Championships,” head coach Trevor Miele (New York, N.Y.) said.  “I am thrilled that we will be sending eight men’s swimmers to nationals this year, and I look forward to seeing how fast we are able to swim.”

Stevens placed second at the Empire 8 Championships this season and won its second-straight Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) title. The Ducks placed 17th in the nation at the 2010 NCAA’s and will be looking to improve upon that result this season.

Check www.stevensducks.com closer to the championships for links to live results and more championship information.

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