Sophomore Lisa Boyce, who won three individual titles at the 2011 Ivy League Championships, will make her debut at the NCAA Championships, which open Thursday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala.
By qualifying for both the 50 free and the 100 back, Boyce can also compete in the 100 free. She won individual Ivy League titles in all three events this year, and she won the 100 back Ivy title last year.
Fans can watch Boyce swim in each of the three preliminary sessions, which start at noon Thursday, Friday and Saturday. Like the Ivy League Championship schedule, the 50 free will be part of Thursday's opening session. The 100 back will be Friday, while the 100 free will be Saturday. Thursday's 8 p.m. finals session is also available online (link above); ESPN has the rights to stream Friday and Saturday finals and will do so at WatchESPN.com.
"Lisa’s invitation to the 2012 NCAA Championships is a credit to her incredible work ethic and passion for the sport and for this team," said assistant coach Suzanne Yee. "The fact that she was invited to the meet in multiple events shows her versatility and the tremendous drops in time she has had as a Tiger."
Her time of 22.45 in the 50 currently ranks as the 27th fastest in the nation, while her 100 back time of 52.96 is 30th fastest in the nation. She wasn't far from qualifying in all three events; her 100 free time of 49.13 is 37th fastest in the nation, and it is less than .2 of a second off a qualifying time.
Boyce was also recently interviewed as part of the USA Swimming "Trials & Tribulations" series. You can read both parts of the interview by clicking on the links above.
This is the second straight year that Princeton will be represented at the NCAA Championships. Last year, 2011 Ivy League Championships Swimmer of the Meet Megan Waters qualified and competed in the 50, 100 and 100 fly."Lisa has worked hard since last spring to continue to improve in all of her events, and has the potential to be even better in two weeks," Yee said. "Day in and out, she is one of the last women out of the water; staying in to work on the little things that make a big difference in a race, or helping her teammates work on the skills they need to be better swimmers. Lisa swims well at big meets, and I’m excited to see her race at a fast pool with storied history at Auburn University. She will proudly carry on the tradition of Tiger swimming at the NCAA level."
Boyce will be looking to become Princeton's first All-America individual swimmer since Alicia Aemisegger '10, who earned the maximum 12 All-America honors during her brilliant career. She also joined teammates Justina DiFazio, Brett Shiflett and 2011-12 co-captain Meredith Monroe to earn an 800 free relay All-America.