INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 22, 2017) – For the first time in school history, Rollins sends a pair of swimmers to the NCAA Division II National Championships with Grace Hansen and Taylor Wilks both earning invitations, it was announced Wednesday.
Hansen will swim the 400-yard IM and 200-yard butterfly while Wilks is set to compete in the 100-yard breaststroke.
“Grace and Taylor’s selection to compete at the 2017 NCAA Division II Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship stands as a direct result of the hard work put forth by our entire team,” said Tars first-year head coach Kyle Berg. “I am so excited to see Grace and Taylor represent themselves, our team, and the Rollins College community against the nation’s top swimming talent in Birmingham.”
The duo joins Kamel Tejeda ’11 and Audrey Kula ’16 as the only swimmers in program history to participate in the NCAA Division II National Championship. Kula became the Tars first All-America swimmer with a fifth place finish in the 2013 200-yard butterfly.
Hansen is ranked 24th in the 400 IM and 31st in the 200 butterfly. The sophomore from Baltimore is coming off a breakout Sunshine State Conference Championships a week ago, finishing fourth in the 400 IM (4:26.63) and sixth in the 200 fly (2:05.23). Both times are what got her into nationals.
Wilks was studying abroad in the fall semester and achieved one of the top-times in the nation with only a few weeks of full team training. The junior heads to Birmingham ranked 26th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:03.22. She reached the mark with a fourth-place finish at the SSC Championships.
The 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships will take place March 8-11 at the CrossPlex in Birmingham, Alabama as part of the Winter Sports Festival. Hansen will swim the prelims of the 400 IM on Thursday, March 9 at 11:30 a.m. ET with finals set for 7 p.m. ET that night. On Friday, March 10 the prelims for both the 100-yard breaststroke and 200-yard butterfly will be part of the morning session at 11:30 a.m. ET. The finals will follow at 7 p.m.