Larson Posts Strong Showing at NCAA Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 18, 2021) – Washington State senior Chloe Larson posted an impressive time in the 50 freestyle at the 2021 NCAA Swimming National Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Thursday.
Larson, who qualified in the 50 freestyle after winning the Pac-12 Conference individual title in February, recorded a 22.37 in the morning preliminaries at the NCAA Championships. The Rapid City, S.D. native improved her place three spots from her initial seed, good for No. 25 in the country but was a couple hundredths of a second away from earning a spot into the evening final (Top-16). Larson now owns the top three 50 free times in program history.
"Chloe swam a solid race this morning, her stroke mechanics looked great and she posted the third-fastest time of her life in the 50 freestyle," Washington State Head Coach Matt Leach said. "She moved up in the standings and now we refocus for her 100 free Saturday. The most important swim is her next one, so we are preparing for the 100 Free and we want to finish tough. Go Cougs!"
Larson was 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 Championships in Houston in February, giving Washington State its first Pac-12 Conference individual champion with a win in the 50 freestyle. Larson 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 in the 100 free and Saturday's preliminaries are set to start at 7 a.m. (PT).