Chloe Larson Earns Trip to 2021 NCAA Championships
PULLMAN, Wash. (March 3, 2021) – Washington State senior Chloe Larson earned a trip to the 2021 NCAA Swimming National Championships, the NCAA announced Wednesday. The championships will be held March 17-20 in Greensboro, N.C.
Larson, who qualified in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events, becomes the second Cougar swimmer in the last three seasons to earn a trip to the NCAA's, joining fellow teammate Mackenzie Duarte who earned an invite in 2019.
Larson made program history at the Pac-12 Conference Championships in Houston last Thursday, giving Washington State its first Pac-12 Conference individual champion with a win in the 50 freestyle. The senior from Rapid City, S.D. won the final by touching the wall in 22.18, six-hundredths of a second ahead of the three swimmers from UCLA, CAL and USC who all tied for second. In the morning preliminaries prior to the final, Larson recorded a school-record time of 22.16, breaking former Cougar legend and Lithuanian Olympian Rugile Mileisyte's previous mark of 22.45 set in 2009. Larson's time was an NCAA "B" time and qualified her for the NCAA Championships.
Larson also qualified for the NCAA's in the 100 free style after posting another NCAA "B" time with a school-record 48.74 at last week's Pac-12 Championships.