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DAVIS, Calif. -- For the first time in her young career, UC Davis sophomore Solie Laughlin will carry the Aggie banner into the NCAA swimming and diving championships, invited to compete at this year's event held at the Indiana University Natatorium in Indianapolis on March 15-18.
Standing among a group of 281 swimmers from across the country invited to compete, Laughlin becomes the fourth UC Davis swimmer to be invited to the NCAA Championships during the program's Division I Era, joining Heidi Kucera (2009), Liliana Alvarez (2011-14), and Hilvy Cheung (2014, 2016).
The Ventura, Calif., native opens competition on Thursday (March 16) with the prelims of the 200 IM, followed by Friday's (March 17) competition in the 400 IM, and Saturday's (March 18) race in the 200 back. Laughlin eclipsed the NCAA "B" standards in all three events this season -- and set 13 "B" standards overall when you include the 100 back -- while successfully defending her titles in the 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 back, at this year's Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Championships.
Ranked No. 40 among the field in the 400 IM, Laughlin set a school and meet record with her qualifying time of 4:10.86 en route to the title at the conference championships, and holds the top four times in that event this season. She also ranks No. 44 among the field in the 200 back with her school record qualifying time of 1:54.48 at the Phill Hansel Invitational back in November, and set an MPSF meet record with a winning time of 1:55.37 in the championship final.
Laughlin also posted an NCAA "B" qualifying time of 1:59.74 in the 200 IM in an exhibition swim during day two of the MPSF championships, a time that would have placed her second in the championship final. She ranks No. 72 in the field for that event at the NCAA Championships.
In all, Laughlin earned first-team All-MPSF honors in the 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 back, while netting second-team all-conference honors as part of the Aggies' 200 and 400 medley relay squads.
ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday's evening session, Thursday's sessions along with the morning sessions on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour broadcast via tape delay at 7 p.m. Eastern time, Tuesday, March 28. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.