PISCATAWAY, N.J. (March 5, 2014) – Rutgers swimming and diving team member, sophomore Joanna Wu (Kent, Wash.), has qualified for the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, the NCAA announced today. Wu’s selection marks the first time since 2009 that RU has sent a swimmer to the tournament and the first under head coach Phil Spiniello.
Wu will compete in both the 100 backstroke and the 200 backstroke.
"Congratulations to Joanna – this is great accomplishment for her swimming career and a big step forward for the Rutgers program as a whole,” said Spiniello. “We look forward to competing in Minnesota in a couple of weeks."
Wu posted the 17th-best time in the nation, recording a 1:54.07 in the 200 back en route to a gold medal at the 2014 American Athletic Conference Championships two weeks ago. Her time of 52.97 in the 100 back, which also earned her a first-place finish at AACS, ranks 30th in the NCAA. Both marks established new Rutgers records.
Catherine Whetstone was the last Scarlet Knight to represent Rutgers at NCAAs, as she qualified in the 100 backstroke event in 2009.
281 total swimmers were selected for the 2014 Championships, with 70 teams represented. Fans can find additional information on the championships here.
The NCAA Championships will take place in Minneapolis, Minn. from March 20-22.
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