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Freshmen Olivieri and Willis Qualify for NCAA Championship

Beatriz Olivieri and Sydney Willis
Beatriz Olivieri and Sydney Willis

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (February 27, 2019) – Rollins standout freshmen Beatriz Olivieri and Sydney Willis both earned spots in the 2019 NCAA Division II National Championship, it was announced Wednesday.

NCAA Release

The duo is looking to become the first Tars women to score at the national meet. 

Olivieri is ranked ninth in the 200-yard butterfly, posting a qualifying time of 2:01.80. The Brazil native is 24th in the 100-yard butterfly (55.56) and 38th in the 200-yard freestyle (1:51.97). 

Willis will be swimming four events on the weekend. A native of Raleigh, North Carolina, She is ranked 23rd in the 500-yard freestyle (4:56.96), 30th in the 1000-yard freestyle (10:19.04) and 27th in the 1650-yard freestyle (17:12.58). Willis will join Olivieri in the 200-yard freestyle, entering the event ranked 46th in 1:52.48. 

In his third season as head coach, Kyle Berg has qualified at least one women's swimmer for nationals each year at the helm. In 2017, Grace Hansen and Taylor Wilks both qualified with Wilks getting invited a year ago. 

The Tars duo joins Rollins men's swimmers Christian Huber and Alex Norcini as qualifiers from Winter Park.

The 2019 NCAA Division II Swimming and Diving Championships will be held March 13-16 at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis.

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