DeWames Qualifies For NCAA Swimming Championship

INDIANAPOLIS – Junior freestyler Marisa DeWames will represent San Jose State at the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala., as announced Wednesday by the NCAA.
DeWames will compete in the 50 freestyle and 100 freestyle events. She is ranked 22nd in the nation in the 50 free with a time of 22.38, which she swam at last week’s WAC Championship. She is ranked No. 34 in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 49.05 was also a school record swam at the WAC Championship.   “I’m just excited to be a part of (the championship),” said DeWames, who set seven school records and won five titles in helping the Spartans win their first WAC title. “This is something that I have been working towards since my freshman year.” DeWames is the first San Jose State swimmer to qualify for the NCAA Championship since Bre Marhenke competed in the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the 2008 championship.
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Auburn University will serve as the host. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.

"I'm so happy for Marisa," said San Jose State head coach Sage Hopkins. "She's done a tremendous job this year. "It's great for her and it's great for the team."

Divers will be determined by performances achieved at the Zone Diving meets March 5-11. San Jose State divers Jessica Holden and Amy Kilby will both compete at the Zone “E” Diving Championship, to be held Thursday, March 8-Saturday, March 10, and hosted by the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

"Marisa is in a position in her career where she is going to keep getting better and better over the next year," said Hopkins. "We're looking for her to go the NCAA championship and swim faster than she did at the WAC Championship."