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Pair of Ute Swimmers, Ute Divers NCAA Championships Bound

Mar 16, 2021

SALT LAKE CITY – Utah swimmers Audrey Reimer and Emma Broome, along with Utah divers Emma Ruchala and Lizzy DeCecco, are set to compete at the 2021 NCAA Championships this week. The Ute divers will compete Thursday through Saturday, March 18-20, while Reimer and Broome will see action on Friday and Saturday, March 19-20 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Live results for the NCAA Championships will be available here for swimming, while diving results can be found here. All sessions, including prelims and finals, will be streamed on ESPN3.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
Thursday: Women's 1-meter
Prelims: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MT
Consolation finals: 2:10 p.m. MT
Finals: 4 p.m. MT
 
Friday: Women's 3-meter, 100 Back
Swimming prelims: 8 a.m. MT
Diving Prelims: 10:30 a.m.-2 p.m. MT
Diving Consolation finals: 2:10 p.m. MT
Swimming/Diving Finals: 4 p.m. MT
 
Saturday: Women's Platform, 200 Back
Swimming prelims: 8 a.m. MT
Diving Prelims: 10:15 p.m.-1:30 p.m. MT
Diving Consolation finals: 1:40 p.m. MT
Swimming/Diving Finals: 4 p.m. MT
 
BACK FOR MORE
Utah swimmers Audrey Reimer and Emma Broome qualified into the 2021 NCAA Championships after performances as backstroke swimmers. Reimer earned a berth in the 200 back after qualifying with her NCAA consideration time of 1:52.91 at the Pac-12 Championships and also earned a spot in the 100 back. Reimer earned a podium finish at the conference championships and placed third overall in the 200 back. It marks her second-straight berth to the NCAA Championships. Reimer holds the school record in both the 200 back and 100 back.

Broome will make her NCAA Championships debut after earning a qualifying mark in the 100 back. Broome posted an NCAA consideration time of 52.78 seconds in the 100 back at the Pac-12 Championships and now ranks second all-time in the 100 back at Utah.

DIVING DUO
Ute divers Emma Ruchala and Lizzy DeCecco qualified for the NCAA Championships, becoming the first pair of women divers to advance in the same season in school history. DeCecco and Ruchala earned bids on the first day of NCAA Zones after DeCecco tallied a ninth place finish on the 1m and Ruchala finished 12th. Ruchala also earned a spot on the 3m after the Ute senior placed 10th overall at the NCAA Zone E Championships. Along with becoming the first pair of Ute women to advance in the same season, Ruchala and DeCecco are joined by Tony Chen and Luke McDivitt on the men's side to send the most divers in school history to compete in the NCAA Championships in a single season.
 
UP NEXT
The Utah men's swim and dive team will send representatives to the NCAA Championships next week with the championships running Wednesday through Saturday, March 24-27. The four-day event will take place at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
 
Utah will send its medley relay team, along with individual qualifiers Cooper DeRyk and Andrei Ungur to represent the swim team. DeRyk claimed his spot in the 50 free and 100 fly, while also is invited to swim the 100 free. DeRyk posted a school-record 46.00 second in the 100 fly at the Pac-12 Championships, while he posted a mark of 19.46 scond in the 50 free. Ungur qualified in the 100 back after he posted a time of 46.37 in the prelims of the conference event, which ranks second all-time at Utah. The medley relay team that earned spots in the 200 and 400 medley relays will be DeRyk, Ungur, Andrew Britton and Finn O'Haimhirgin. The four Utes posted an NCAA 'A' cut time of 1:24.23 in the 200 medley relay – a Utah school record – to place second at the Pac-12 Championships.
 
Joining the Ute swimmers will be divers Tony Chen and Luke McDivitt. Chen finished fourth overall on the 3m and third on the 1m at NCAA Zones to secure his berth at the NCAA Championships. McDivitt was the final Ute to earn a postseason invitation on the diving squad after the reigning Pac-12 platform champion finished as the runner-up on platform at Zones, which earned him a spot on the 3m and 1m as well. It is the second-straight year he has qualified on platform, while it marks Chen's second-straight year of qualifying on both the 1m and 3m.