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Two WAC Swimmers Qualify for NCAA Championships
Courtesy: WAC

San Jose State junior Marisa DeWames and New Mexico State freshman Aliena Schmidtke were announced Wednesday as participants in the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships.

DeWames will compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events. She is ranked 22nd in the nation in the 50 free with a time of 22.38, which she swam at last week’s WAC Championship. She is ranked No. 34 in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 49.05 was also a school record swam at the WAC Championship.

Schmidtke qualified for the national meet after winning the 200 free at the WAC Championships with a school-record performance of 1:46.38. She was named WAC Freshman of the Year and was the second consecutive Aggie to earn the award. Schmidtke also posted runner-up honors in the 50 free (22.82) and 100 free (49.28) with program-record times.

The championships will be held March 15-17 at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Auburn University will serve as the host.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Several WAC divers have reached NCAA Zone Diving requirements and will compete at regional Zone Diving meets March 5-11, in attempts to qualify for the NCAA Championships.

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