SVSU Swimmers Qualify for NCAA Championships

The Cardinals will be well-represented at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships...
The Cardinals will be well-represented at the 2017 NCAA Division II National Championships...

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The Saginaw Valley State University swimming & diving programs have qualified five individual swimmers and four relay teams that will compete in the 2017 NCAA Division II Championships. Along with that, one diver will compete in the NCAA Dive-in Meet, looking to qualify for the championships as well. 

Below are the SVSU qualifiers and the events that the individuals will compete in. The championships are set to take place from March 7-11 in Birmingham, Alabama as part of the Division II National Championship Festival. Aside from the individual qualifiers, three student-athletes are set to travel as alternates and will be able to compete in the relays. 

The Cardinals are coming off a strong performance at the 2017 GLIAC Championships, where the teams notched 26 new program records, 79 personal best times, 24 NCAA 'B" times and the program's first-ever GLIAC Champion (Lydia Mattar - 200 Breast). 

Women 

Rebeca Martinez | 400 IM 

Lydia Mattar | 200 IM, 400 IM, 100 Breaststroke, 200 Breaststroke 

Melanie Soenksen | 50 Freestyle 

Amanda Thielen | 100 Backstroke, 200 Backstroke 

Wilhelmina Francisco | Dive-in Meet Qualifier 

200 Medley Relay 

400 Medley Relay 

200 Freestyle Relay 

400 Freestyle Relay 

Alternates | Alexa Bloom, Alexandra Davis, Taylor Grashuis.

Men 

Shaun Yap | 100 Breaststroke 

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