Swimming's Schwendenwein Qualifies for NCAA Championships

    Senior Sacha Schwendenwein qualified for the NCAA Championships on March 19-21.
    Senior Sacha Schwendenwein qualified for the NCAA Championships on March 19-21.
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    March 5, 2009

    HOUSTON - University of Houston senior swimmer Sasha Schwendenwein qualified for the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in three events, the NCAA announced on Wednesday.

    The Randburg, South Africa native becomes the first Cougar swimmer to compete in the Championships since Majia Airas and Linda Pesek both competed in the 1989 NCAA Championships. It also marks the ninth consecutive year that at least one Houston swimmer or diver has qualified for the Championships.

    Schwendenwein will compete in the 500-yard freestyle on March 19, ranking 32nd in the event. She will continue on March 20 in the 200-yard freestyle, where she ranked 22nd and will conclude the meet on March 21 swimming the 200-yard butterfly, with a ranking of 25th.

    "Sasha has worked extremely hard all four years here at Houston and now she is getting the payback and reward," head coach Mark Taylor said. "I couldn't be more thrilled for her and the program and what it can do for the future of Houston swimming and diving."

    The NCAA Championships will take place on March 19-21 in College Station, Texas. The diving team will compete in the NCAA Zone Diving Meet on March 13-15 in Columbia, Mo. The meet will determine the qualifiers for the NCAA Championships.



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