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UVA sending 14 to 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships

Chris Graham

Virginia swimming divingVirginia women’s swimming qualified 14 to compete at the 2021 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, tied for the third-most among programs nationally.

The NCAA meet will be held March 17-20 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.

Sophomore Lexi Cuomo (Clifton, Va.), sophomore Maddie Donohoe (Annandale, Va.), sophomore Kate Douglass (Pelham, N.Y.), senior Caroline Gmelich (Rumson, N.J.), freshman Abby Harter (Broadlands, Va.), freshman Anna Keating (Vienna, Va.), senior Paige Madden (Mobile, Ala.), junior Julia Menkhaus (Charlotte, N.C.), junior Jessica Nava (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.), sophomore Ella Nelson (Nashville, Tenn.), freshman Reilly Tiltmann (Brookfield, Wis.), senior Kyla Valls (Miami, Fla.), freshman Alex Walsh (Nashville, Tenn.) and junior Alexis Wenger (Detroit, Mich.) will represent the Cavaliers at the NCAA Championships.

Florida led the nation with 16 qualifiers, followed by Tennessee (15) and Kentucky (14).

Virginia had 15 swimmers qualify for the 2020 NCAA Championships, but the meet was canceled due to COVID-19.

UVA’s highest finish at the NCAA Championship was fifth in 2015 and 2016.

The Virginia women’s diving team will look to advance competitors to the national meet at the NCAA Zone A Diving Championships held March 11-13 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center.

The host sites for the zone meets have been moved from five to three to ensure that the zone meets can be completed and NCAA staff can better manage the meets and adequately prepare hosts for all NCAA COVID health and safety measures.

ESPN3 will provide digital broadcast coverage for preliminary and finals sessions Wednesday through Saturday.

The complete list of swimmers competing in the championships is available at www.usaswimming.org/ncaa.

Selected divers will be announced Sunday, March 14. North Carolina State University and the Greensboro Sports Foundation will serve as co-hosts.

Chris Graham

Chris Graham

Chris Graham is the founder and editor of Augusta Free Press. A 1994 alum of the University of Virginia, Chris is the author and co-author of seven books, including Poverty of Imagination, a memoir published in 2019, and Team of Destiny: Inside Virginia Basketball’s Run to the 2019 National Championship, and The Worst Wrestling Pay-Per-View Ever, published in 2018. For his commentaries on news, sports and politics, go to his YouTube page, or subscribe to his Street Knowledge podcast. Email Chris at [email protected].