UNCW’s Knisely qualifies for NCAA swimming championships

WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Sophomore from UNCW Brooke Knisely will compete in the women’s 500m and 1650m freestyle events at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Atlanta, Georgia, March 23-26.

Knisley becomes the seventh Seahawk to compete in the championships and the first since 2013, when Carly Tanner competed in Indianapolis, Ind.

Knisley qualified for the competition after winning the 1650 freestyle at the Colonial Athletic Association Championships with a school record time of 16:14.31, which was a Cup B qualifying time. This time, however, she ranked 36th nationally and earned her the NCAA invite.

Knisely will also swim in the 500 freestyle after posting a Cup B time of 4:44.66 at the CAA Championships.

In diving, CAA champions Nic Newis and Courtney Klausen will be joined by Trinity McNall at the NCAA Zone B Regionals March 6-9 in Atlanta.

Newis, a freshman who joined the program at the start of the spring semester, swept both boards at the CAA Championships and posted season bests of 317.20 and 312.60 in boards one and one. three meters, respectively.

Klausen, a junior, also swept the diving events at the CAA Championships. She qualified for regionals with a score of 294.80 on one-metre against Liberty and 302.10 at the CAA Championships on three-metre. For Klausen, this will be his second regional appearance after also making it as a freshman in 2020.

McNall, a freshman, enters regionals with the highest score in UNCW on three-meter springboard when she totaled 306.45 points at Davidson. In yard, she had a season-best score of 256.95 against East Carolina.

Links to live coverage of NCAA competitions will be here: UNCWSports.com/coverage



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