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Williams Selected to Compete at NCAA Championships

Ohio's Laurin Williams

March 5, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Laurin Williams of Ohio Swimming and Diving has recently been selected to compete at the 2012 NCAA Championships in Auburn, Alabama. The sophomore freestyle and individual medley swimmer had a fantastic 2011-12 season, setting three program records and earning three second-place medals at the 2012 Mid-American Conference Championships in Akron.

Williams gained entrance to the NCAA Championships by being ranked 22nd in the country in the 1650 freestyle. Her time of 16:14.02 set at the MAC Championships in late February beat Ohio’s prior program record by more than seven full seconds. A native of Shoreline, Wash., Williams will compete in the 1650 freestyle at the NCAA Championships on Saturday, March 17.

In addition to this event, Williams has also earned the right to participate in the 500 freestyle on Thursday, March 15. At the MAC Championships, Williams finished second place in this event by the slimmest of margins (0.24 seconds). Her brisk time of 4:44.86 was also an Ohio University program record.

A strong and consistent performer throughout Ohio’s season, Williams was recognized for her efforts by the league office on Jan. 18, being named the MAC Swimmer of the Week.

The 2011-12 season was a strong one for the entire Swimming and Diving team, as the Bobcats achieved 42 marks and times across all events which made their way into the top ten of the record books.