Ivy Champ Swim Team Will Send Five To NCAA Championships, Including Relay
A championship March will continue for the Princeton men's swimming and diving team, as the four-time reigning Ivy League champion will send five swimmers to the NCAA Championships, held March 22-24 in Seattle, Wash.
Days after clinching their fourth straight title with an Ivy championship win in Denunzio Pool, Princeton learned that senior Jon Christensen, junior Kaspar Raigla, sophomore Paul Nolle and freshmen Michael Strand and Harrison Wagner all earned invitations to compete at nationals, which will be held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
While each will be able to swim individual events, the quartet of Christensen, Raigla, Strand and Wagner will also swim in the 200 medley relay. Their seed time is 1:25.89, currently 11th best in the nation and only .02 of a second out of the Top 10.
Christensen qualified to swim in three individual events, including the opening-session 200 IM. His time of 1:45.71 is currently 26th fastest in the nation. His 100 breast time of 52.86 is eighth-fastest in the nation, and his 200 breast time is 17th fastest in the nation (1:55.96). Christensen shared Swimmer High Point honors with two other swimmers last weekend, and he capped his Ivy League career with eight individual titles in 12 attempts.
One of the two swimmers that Christensen shared honors with was Nolle, who swept the 500, 1000 and mile. He is currently 21st in the nation in the 500 (4:18.92), and he is 16th in the mile in 15:00.16; there is no 1000 in the NCAA Championships.
Both Strand and Raigla will compete in both the 100 back and the 100 fly. Strand is 20th in the back (47.04) and 40th in the fly (47.64), while Raigla is 31st in the back (47.88) and 47th in the fly (48.00). Raigla also qualified in the 200 back, where he is 35th in 1:46.21.
Wagner will compete in both the 50 and 100 free. His 50 time of 19.63 is currently 18th fastest in the nation, and without any member of the Class of 2015 owning a better time, he can go to Seattle looking to defend his position as the nation's fastest freshman. His 100 time of 43.99 is 63rd in the NCAA field.