Laughlin set to compete at NCAA Championships

March 15, 2017

THIS WEEK…
UC Davis at NCAA Championships
March 15-18, 2017
IU Natatorium
Indianapolis, Ind.
Prelims: 7:00 a.m. (PT)
Finals: 3:00 p.m. (PT)
Live Video: Wednesday | Thursday | Friday Prelims & Finals | Saturday Prelims & Finals
Live Results: NCAA.com

DAVIS, Calif. -- With the UC Davis men's and women's basketball teams making their marks on the court in the postseason, sophomore Solie Laughlin looks to do the same in the pool this weekend, traveling to Indianapolis, Ind., to participate in the 2017 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium.

It will be Laughlin's debut at the NCAA Championships, but the Ventura, Calif., continues a run that has seen the Aggies' program qualify at least one swimmer for the NCAA Tournament for the seventh time in the program's 10 seasons at the Division I level, and the second straight year after Hilvy Cheung finished 17th overall in the 200 fly, and 31st in the 100 fly in Atlanta, Ga., at last season's championships. Laughlin will also be the first UC Davis swimmer to compete in three events in the NCAA meet since Heidi Kucera competed in the 200 IM, 100 breast, and 200 breast, back in 2009.

Preliminary heats begin at 7:00 a.m. (PT) each day, with the finals following at 3:00 p.m. (PT). Standing among a group of 281 swimmers from across the country, Laughlin opens competition on Thursday (March 16) with the prelims of the 200 IM, followed by Friday's competition in the 400 IM, and Saturday's 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 Mountain Pacific Sports Federation titles in the 400 IM, 100 back, and 200 back, at this year's league championship meet.

Earning a total of five All-MPSF awards by virtue of her finishes at the conference meet, Laughlin is 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.

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.