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Pointers send 11 to NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships

UW-Stevens Point Swimming.  Photo courtesy UWSP Athletic Department.
UW-Stevens Point Swimming. Photo courtesy UWSP Athletic Department.

STEVENS POINT, WI  (UWSP)  -  Five men and six women from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point will compete on the national stage in hopes of bringing home hardware as the NCAA announced qualifiers for the 2013 Division III Swimming & Diving Championships in Shenandoah, Texas March 20-13.

Senior Joey Clapp (Faribault, MN) qualified in three individual events, the 50 and 100 freestyle, as well as the 100 backstroke.  Fellow senior Ryan Farmer (Naperville, IL) will compete in one of the deepest fields in NCAA history in the 100 butterfly.“

Joey [Clapp] and Ryan [Farmer] both have legitimate shots at being individual All-Americans,” said head coach Al Boelk. “Joey in all three of his events, Farmer particularly in the 100 fly.”  Clapp and Farmer join Alex Loftus (Janesville, WI), Joe Gendron(West Lafayette, IN), and Eric Emerson (River Falls, WI) as members of four relay teams that will compete at the championships.

On the women's side, the Pointers field swimmers in the all five relays after earning qualifying marks in the 200 medley relay as well as the 200 and 400 freestyle relays.Ashley Majewski (Elm Grove, WI/Catholic Memorial), Cassie Matthys (Escenaba, MI), Alexa Pronga (Wisconsin Rapids, WI), and Amy Boritzke (Brookfield, WI) posted the nation's 14th-fastest time (1:45.82) in the 200 medley relay during the regular season and hope to improve on that time at the championship.

Majewski and Boritzke join Colleen Baker (Rosemont, MN) and Andrea Wagner (Apple Valley, MN) to compete in the 200 freestyle relay, where the quartet posted the nation's 12th best time (1:35.17).

Majewski, Baker, Pronga, and Wagner will also compete in the 400 free relay for UWSP.  “Relays are, by a wide margin, the most exciting part of a national championship,” said Boelk. “Our relays can go faster at NCAA's than they did at conference and our sprint free and sprint medley relays, both men's and women's, could go top-8.”

Action gets underway from the Conroe Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas on Wednesday, March 20 at 10 a.m.

Five men, six women to compete at 2013 Swimming National Championships