Press Release from UNCW:
WILMINGTON, North Carolina – Carly Tanner makes her much-anticipated NCAA debut early Thursday when the UNCW senior competes in the first of three events – the 50-yard freestyle – at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Tanner, from Manassas, Va., becomes only the second women's swimmer in the school's history to reach the pinnacle of collegiate swimming. She will compete in the 50 Freestyle, 100 Freestyle and 100 Breaststroke Thursday through Saturday (March 21-23) at the IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex.
A total of 290 swimmers will compete in the three-day event. Tanner will go up against 40 competitors in each of the three events. She needs to make the finals (top-16) in a respective event to earn All-America status.
"We thought Carly would make the NCAA meet, so she hasn't missed a step since coming back from the CAA meet," said Dave Allen, UNCW's veteran coach. "In terms of preparation, she's ready to go. She's focused on the task at hand and is looking to lower her times from the CAA and be even faster."
Heading into the meet in Indy, Tanner is ranked 23rd in the 100 Breaststroke, 36th in the 50 Freestyle and 128th in the 100 Freestyle. She cleared the way to the NCAA meet by raking in five medals at the recent CAA Championships, earning Co-Outstanding Swimmer of the Meet honors with Towson's Kaitlin Burke.
Tanner joins Caitlin Kirsteier (2010) as UNCW's only female swimmers to reach the NCAA's. Tanner won three gold medals in the 50 Freestyle (22.79), 100 Freestyle (49.91) and 100 Breaststroke (1:00.01). She also captured a silver in the 200 Freestyle Relay and a bronze in the 200 Medley Relay.
"Carly's going into the meet a little nervous, but she's excited," said Allen. "She's a competitor and she's looking forward to the opportunity to compete against the best. She'll swim the 50-freestyle on the first day and that will give her an opportunity to get into the meet and get the nerves out. Then, it's her best event – the 100-yard breaststroke – on the second day. That's a good lineup for her."
The IU Natatorium/IUPUI Sports Complex is recognized as one of the best venues in the country and is scheduled to serve as the site of the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials later this summer.