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Williams to Compete at NCAA Championships This Weekend

Ohio's Laurin Williams

March 14, 2012

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ATHENS, Ohio – Laurin Williams of Ohio Swimming and Diving will be competing at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Auburn, Ala., beginning on Thursday morning. 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. 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.

Preliminary heats begin each day at 11 a.m. Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) will participate in the 500 freestyle preliminary heat on Thursday morning. If she is to advance to the finals in this event, the championship race will take place shortly after 7 p.m.

Williams will then compete in the 1650 freestyle prelims on Saturday, Mar. 17. While most prelims are set to begin at 11 a.m., the 1650 freestyle is currently on the schedule for approximately 5 p.m. Like Thursday, final events will begin at 7 p.m.

Stay tuned to OhioBobcats.com throughout the weekend for a daily update of Williams’ progress throughout the Championships.