Navy’s Barber to Compete at NCAA Swimming Championship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. –– Navy’s Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) has qualified to compete at the NCAA Swimming Championship, which will be held March 14-17 at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State campus in Columbus, Ohio.
Barber received her invitation to compete at the meet by virtue of her 200 individual medley time of 1:55.87. That effort ranks 26th nationally this season. By qualifying to compete in the 200 IM, she will also be able to swim in both breaststroke events at the national championship as she has notched NCAA B cut times in both the 100 breast (1:00.86) and 200 breast (2:12.28).
Barber attained each of her three cut times in winning the events during the Patriot League Championship. This season marked the third year in a row in which she has won those three titles, as well as the second-straight year she was tabbed as the league’s swimmer of the year at the meet.
Barber will be making the second NCAA Championship appearance of her career. She previously competed in the 200 IM (34th), 100 breast (25th) and 200 breast (33rd) at the 2016 meet when she was a freshman.
One of five Navy swimmers to qualify for the NCAA Championship during the program’s Division I era (since 1992), Barber joins Thuy-Mi Dinh (2008-09-10) and Tara Chapmon (2009-10) as Mids who have competed at multiple national championship meets. Navy’s additional qualifiers in swimming include Julia Mason (1997) and Laura Gorinski (2012).
In addition to Navy’s five all-time swimming qualifiers, American, Colgate, Boston U. and Bucknell round out the Patriot League schools who have sent a swimmer to the women’s NCAA Championship during the respective program’s league membership, and each of those four schools have sent just one swimmer each to the meet.