First UT women’s swimmer on way to NCAA Championships

March 6, 2009 | News, UToday
By Jennifer Gillan

Senior Kylie Gamelier has qualified for the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in two events and will be the first UT women’s swimmer to race in the national contest.



The exercise science major will swim in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.

“It’s really significant that she is headed to NCAAs and all the credit goes to Kylie. Her hard work over the years has paid off,” said Head Coach Lars Jorgensen. “She has been a trailblazer that has continued to make our program ranked higher nationally, and we are excited to have her compete.”

Gamelier is coming off an impressive showing at the Mid-American Conference Championships last week when the team co-captain placed second in the 100 breaststroke with a school-record time of 1:01.48 and third in the 200 breaststroke with a UT-record time of 2:12.84. After her success at the conference championships, she was named to the All-MAC First Team.

The native of Cranberry Township, Pa., has experience swimming on a national level as she participated in the 2008 U.S. Olympic trials, swimming the 100-meter breaststroke.

While Gamelier is the first women’s swimmer to make nationals, women divers Reyna Smith (1993-1997) and Megan McKinley (2004-08) represented the Rockets when they qualified for the NCAA Championships.

The 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships will be held Thursday through Saturday, March 19-21, at Texas Tech in Lubbock.

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