After a successful second place finish in the swim and dive MAC Championships, senior Alexis Mitcheltree and sophomore Delaney Duncan were named NCAA qualifiers on March 1.
The NCAA's announced that Duncan will compete in the national meet for the second time, while Mitcheltree qualifies for the first time in her career. This news marks the first time EMU has had multiple swimmers earn trips to the NCAA Championships in program history.
Duncan qualified in the 100 Breaststroke. Her goal is to improve her 14th-place finish at last season's NCAA Championships. Duncan had a season-best time of 59.89 in the 100 Breast which qualified her for the national meet for her second individual MAC Championship.
Duncan is also competing in the 200 Breast, where she finished 54th overall at last year's championships. This year, Duncan has improved her time in the Breast at 2:14.01 at the MAC Championships last week. This was mark as her career best time.
Mitcheltree takes her first trip to the NCAA Championships after taking home gold in the 100 Backstroke at the MAC Championships. Mitcheltree currently holds the fastest time at Eastern Michigan. Mitcheltree will also swim in the 200 Backstrokee, another event that she holds the EMU program record with a time of 1:56.74.
According to EMUeagles.com, the diving field for the NCAA Championships is said to be released following the NCAA Zone C Diving Championships, March 10-11.