Navy's Barber Heads to NCAA Swimming Championship
ANNAPOLIS, Md. ---- Navy's Lauren Barber (Jr., New Wilmington, Pa.) will travel to Columbus, Ohio, this week to compete in the NCAA Women's Swimming Championship. Barber will be in competition Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on the Ohio State campus.
Links to free live video and live results from the meet can be found at NavySports.com.
"We are thrilled that Lauren qualified for the 2018 NCAA Championship," said Navy women's swimming head coach John Morrison. "Missing the meet her sophomore year after making the meet her freshman year was very hard to take. This season, Lauren showed her maturity and resolve to learn, grow and make significant adjustments in and out of the pool to make the meet. She would be the first to tell you that her teammates helped her through the entire year to get to this point, so her NCAA experience will certainly be big tribute to her teammates and all they have accomplished together."
Barber begins the meet Thursday (10 a.m. start to the trial heats) with the 200 individual medley. She is seeded 26th in the field with her time of 1:55.87. Barber was invited to the meet with her effort in the 200 IM.
Friday (9 a.m.) has her competing in the 100 breaststroke. Barber posted a clocking of 1:00.86 in the 100 breast and is seeded 43rd in the event. She will conclude her slate of events Saturday (10 a.m.) with the 200 breaststroke. Barber is seeded 50th in the field with her qualifying time of 2:12.28.
"Lauren was invited to the meet in her 200 IM," said Morrison. "She had a significant time drop in that event to make the meet. She has been training well since the end of the season. While we are confident in her 200 IM, Lauren also has been able to focus on some breaststroke details these last three weeks, so we are very excited to see what she can do in those events.
"One of the biggest assets to this NCAA run has been the training over these past three weeks. Typically, she would have one or two teammates come over to race her in practice throughout the NCAA prep. With the CSCAA Championship this weekend, we had ten other teammates racing her everyday as they prepared for their national experience. No doubt that helped in Lauren's effort and consistency heading into the NCAA's."
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).
Navy diver Bradley Buchter (So., Hickory, N.C.) will compete at the March 22-24 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championship in both springboard events. This year marks the fourth time in the last decade in which Navy will have at least one competitor at both the men's and women's NCAA Championship Meets, as well as the eighth time in this span in which a Mid will compete at one of the two meets.