BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (March 8, 2017) – Already making history by earning the trip, sophomore Grace Hansen and junior Taylor Wilks will look to continue rewriting the record books at the NCAA Division II Swimming National Championship.
The event runs March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama as part of the NCAA Division II Winter Sports Festival.
Rollins has two previous NCAA National Championship qualifiers, but this is the first year two Tars are competing in the same year.
Kamel Tejeda is the first Tar to compete at nationals, swimming four events as a junior in 2009, finishing 11th in the 200-yard freestyle and 13th in the 500-yard freestyle. He returned to qualify in the 200 and 500 his senior year in 2010. Audrey Kula is the Tars’ only All-America swimmer, finishing fifth in the 200-yard butterfly in 2013. She also qualified in the 100-yard freestyle and 100-yard butterfly.
Hansen is competing in the 400-yard IM and the 100-yard butterfly while Wilks qualified for the 100-yard breaststroke.
A transfer from Towson, Hansen has only been under first-year head coach Kyle Berg’s leadership since September while Wilks was studying abroad in New Zealand in the fall semester and didn’t rejoin the team until January, just two months prior to nationals.
“Grace and Taylor have settled into the incredible DII Festival with poise, confidence and excitement,” said Berg. “I am so proud of their focus and determination over the past few weeks as they prepared for the NCAA Championship. Grace and Taylor are fierce competitors and are ready to leave our team’s mark at the national level.”
The event starts Wednesday, March 8 with prelims and finals for diving and four swimming events.
Hansen starts the Tars championship weekend on Thursday, March 9, swimming the prelims of the 400 IM on Thursday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). She is ranked 23rd in the event with a seed time of 4:26.63. Finals of the event are scheduled for 7 p.m. (ET) that evening.
Wilks will swim the 100-yard breaststroke Friday, March 10 at 11:30 a.m. (ET). Her time of 1:03.22 is seeded 26th heading into the event. Hansen is back on in the pool Friday for the prelims of the 200 fly. She is seeded 32nd in the event with a time of 2:05.23. The finals are set for 7 p.m. ET that night.
Fans can follow the action live on NCAA.com.