March 2, 2016
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IOWA CITY, Iowa — University of Iowa junior Emma Sougstad qualified for her second straight NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships, it was announced Wednesday by the NCAA. Sougstad will swim in three events at the McAuley Aquatic Center in Atlanta from March 16-19.
“We’re proud to see Emma qualify for the NCAA Championships for the second year in a row,” said UI head coach Marc Long. “It’s exciting for her to have the opportunity to represent the Hawkeyes and continue her record breaking season at one of the world’s most elite meets.” The Forest City, Iowa, native posted NCAA qualifying times in the 200-yard IM and 100 and 200-yard breaststroke. Sougstad is the Iowa school record holder in all three events.
Sougstad has the ninth-fastest time in the country in the 100 breast entering the championship, swimming a time of 59.22 seconds at the 2016 Big Ten Championships. She also has the 34th-best time in the 200 IM (1:57.62) and 36th-best time in the 200 breast (2:10.81).
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Swimmers qualified by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined by performances at the NCAA Zone Diving Meets held March 7-12.
Sougstad qualified for same three events at the 2015 NCAA Championships. She finished 18th in the 100 breast (59.96), 29th in 200 breast (2:11.20), and 42nd in 200 IM (1:59.12).