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Laurin Williams to Represent Bobcats at NCAA Championships

OHIOBOBCATS.COM Ohio's Laurin Williams was one of two Bobcats to earn First Team All-MAC honors
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Ohio's Laurin Williams was one of two Bobcats to earn First Team All-MAC honors
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March 19, 2013

Championship Central

ATHENS, Ohio - For the second straight season, Laurin Williams (Shoreline, Wash.) of the Ohio University Swimming and Diving Team will be representing the Bobcats at the NCAA Championships. The junior distance swimmer will be competing in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle beginning on Thursday in Indianapolis, Ind.

"We're really excited," said Head Coach Greg Werner. "How could you not be? Going to the national championships as an opportunity to represent your university is exciting. The goal is to peak. We've been working hard since the Mid-American Conference Championships and we're excited about our opportunities."

All events throughout the weekend will be held at the IU Natatorium and IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis beginning on Thursday morning. Laurin will begin her participation at the Championships by swimming in the preliminary round of the 500 freestyle at 11 a.m. on Thursday morning. Should she advance to the final round of this event, she will compete shortly after 7 p.m. on Thursday evening.

Laurin will then swim the preliminary round of the 1650 Freestyle shortly after 11 a.m. on Saturday. The final round for this event will commence at 7 p.m. Saturday evening.

Competing in the same events at last year's Championships, Williams placed 52nd in the preliminary round of the 500 freestyle (top 16 qualified for finals) and 23rd in the final round of the 1650 freestyle (top 32 qualified for finals).

"It's a pretty cool feeling knowing that I'm the only one from Ohio University at NCAAs," Williams said in an interview with members of the media on Monday. "Representing my school is going to be great."

"I'm still going to be nervous," she added when speaking about her second time competing at the NCAA Championships. "It probably won't hit me until Thursday (morning) when I'm warming up for my 500 (freestyle). It's just such a great experience."

Williams earned the top spot in the 1650 freestyle at the 2013 MAC Championships en route to claiming a spot on the All-MAC First Team. The junior captain has had a very strong season, earning 14 first-place finishes in individual events throughout Ohio's 2012-13 campaign.

Laurin's Times in 2012-13
200 Breaststroke: 2:29.85 (2/8 vs. Youngstown State) - 3rd
200 Freestyle: 1:59.32 (11/10 vs. Ohio State) - 7th
200 Freestyle: 1:57.56 (1/22 at Marshall) - 2nd
200 IM: 2:14.22 (1/22 at Marshall) - 4th
200 IM: 2:14.34 (2/8 vs. Youngstown State) - 3rd
400 IM: 4:37.93 (November Patriot Invitational) - 12th
400 IM: 4:34.55 (December Zippy Invitational) - 18th
400 IM: 4:43.94 (1/12 at Denison) - 5th
400 IM: 4:22.60 (MAC Championships) - 6th
500 Freestyle: 5:02.01 (11/10 vs. Ohio State) - 1st
500 Freestyle: 4:59.49 (November Patriot Invitational) - 1st
500 Freestyle: 4:59.63 (December Zippy Invitational) - 2nd
500 Freestyle: 5:05.02 (1/22 at Marshall) - 1st
500 Freestyle: 5:02.20 (1/26 at West Virginia) - 2nd
500 Freestyle: 4:59.26 (2/2 vs. Toledo) - 2nd
500 Freestyle: 4:58.94 (2/9 vs. Miami) - 1st
500 Freestyle: 4:47.31 (MAC Championships) - 2nd
800 Freestyle: 8:14.13 (2/1 vs. Xavier) - 1st
800 Freestyle Relay: 8:02.79 (November Patriot Invitational) - 14th
800 Freestyle Relay: 8:00.22 (December Zippy Invitational) - 13th
1000 Freestyle: 10:22.90 (11/10 vs. Ohio State) - 1st
1000 Freestyle: 10:12.99 (2/2 vs. Toledo) - 1st
1000 Freestyle: 10:21.71 (2/8 vs. Youngstown State) - 1st
1000 Freestyle: 10:12.15 (2/9 vs. Miami) - 1st
1650 Freestyle: 17:04.34 (November Patriot Invitational) - 1st
1650 Freestyle: 17:02.22 (December Zippy Invitational) - 1st
1650 Freestyle: 17:13.78 (1/12 at Denison) - 1st
1650 Freestyle: 17:00.57 (1/26 at West Virginia) - 1st
1650 Freestyle: 16:14.60 (MAC Championships) - 1st

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