DeWames Heads To 2012 NCAA Swimming Championship

For the first time since 2008, San Jose State will be represented by a swimmer in the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. Junior freestyler Marisa DeWames will represent the Spartans March 15-17 in Auburn, Ala.
SCHEDULE Thursday, March 15 Noon – 50 freestyle Trials 8:00 p.m. – 50 freestyle Finals
Saturday, March 17 Noon – 100 freestyle Trials 8:00 p.m. – 100 freestyle Finals
LIVE STREAMING The 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship will be streamed live online from the James E. Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University for fans to watch.
Auburn University will stream, free of charge, the preliminary sessions each of the three days and the finals on Thursday night. ESPN will stream Friday and Saturday’s finals and will do so at WatchESPN.com.
Below are the links to Auburn’s free-of-charge streams for the championship:
Thursday Finals: http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=308984   Thursday Prelims: http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=303037   Friday Prelims: http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=303038   Saturday Prelims: http://ulive.cbssports.com/index-ncaa.html?media=303039
THE 2012 NCAA 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.
DeWAMES TO COMPETE IN TWO EVENTS 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 the 2012 Western Athletic Conference Championship in February. She is ranked No. 34 in the 100 freestyle. Her time of 49.05 was also a school record swam at the WAC Championship.
ONE OF THE FEW 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. She is only the third Spartans female swimmer to swim at the national championship since 2000 (Marhenke; Charlotte Pierce, 2000).   “I’m just excited to be a part of (the championship),” said DeWames, who set seven school records and won five titles last month in helping the Spartans win their first WAC title. “This is something that I have been working towards since my freshman year.”   HEAD COACH SAGE HOPKINS SOUNDBITES "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.
"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.”