Larson Posts Another Top Time at NCAA Championships
GREENSBORO, N.C. (March 20, 2021) – Washington State senior Chloe Larson produced another impressive showing at the 2021 NCAA Swimming Championships in Greensboro, N.C. Saturday.
Larson, the Pac-12 Conference champion in the 50 freestyle, also qualified in the 100 freestyle and posted a 48.88 in Saturday's preliminaries, tying for No. 23 in the country, improved 12 spots from her initial seed and good for the second-fastest time in program history. The Rapid City, S.D. native finished three-tenths of a second from earning a spot into the evening final but finished her season with the top two 100 freestyle times in WSU history after breaking the school record at the Pac-12 Championships in February.
Larson made program history at the Pac-12 Championships in February, giving Washington State its first Pac-12 individual champion with a win in the 50 freestyle. In Thursday's NCAA 50 freestyle preliminaries, Larson recorded a 22.37, 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 finished the 2020-21 season with the top three 50 free times in program history.
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.