ATHENS, Ohio - Ohio sophomore swimmer Addison Ferguson (Westfield Center, Ohio) is set to shine on the national stage on Friday (March 21), competing against the nation's top competition at the 2014 NCAA Swimming Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.
Ferguson has qualified for the 100-yard backstroke and will also compete in the 100-yard butterfly. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. The finals will get underway at 7 p.m.
A two-time First Team All-Mid-American Conference honoree, Ferguson will be competing for a national title for the first time in her career after repeating as the league's 100-yard backstroke champion and capturing conference gold in the 100-yard butterfly to highlight the second day of the 2014 MAC Championships on Feb. 28 at the SPIRE Institute in Geneva, Ohio.
Ferguson broke her own school record and set a championship record with a time of 53.10 in the backstroke finals. She posted the top qualifying time in the prelims by clocking a first-place 53.64. Ferguson set a pool record by finishing in 53.48 in the fly finals, which ranks as the second-best in school history in the event. She qualified for the finals with a first-place 53.80 in the prelims.
Ferguson and interim head coach Derick Roe caught up with OhioBobcats.com to chat about the journey to nationals.