DAVIDSON, N.C. – Davidson swimmer Elise Lankiewicz has qualified to compete at the 2017 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. She continues to make program history, becoming the third Wildcat ever to qualify for the NCAA Championships. This year's event will be held from March 15-18 in the IUPUI Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana.
The senior, and three-time Atlantic 10 Performer of the Year, qualified in the 200 freestyle after her 1:45.14 set new league, meet, pool, and school records at last month's A-10 Championships. Her time ranks 30th in the NCAA.
The Wilmington, Del., native will also compete in the 100 and 500 freestyle events at the championship. At the recently completed A10 championship, she also set new conference records in each of those events. Her 4:43.49 in the 500 freestyle was a new Davidson best, while her 49.11 performance in the 100 freestyle ranks as Davidson's second fastest, trailing only the 48.95 that qualified Lindsey Martin '11 for the 2011 NCAA Championship. In all three events, Lankiewicz will race a field of that includes All-Americans, Olympians, and Olympic Gold Medalists.
"This is a tremendous credit to Elise and a terrific honor for Davidson," said head coach John Young. "The level of daily intensity at which Elise has operated, and her insatiable willingness to compete, both set standards that every Davidson swimmer will be well served by aspiring to. She's worked and raced at an extraordinary level for four years and I'm so grateful that her Davidson career continues for one more meet."
Lankiewicz joins elite company at Davidson. Only two swimmers, Lindsey Martin '11 (2010 and 2011) and Drew Onken '13 (2012), have qualified to represent the college at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship. She is the only female swimmer from the Atlantic-10 to qualify this season.
"I've had a front row seat to one of the greatest swimming careers in Davidson history, and I'm excited to watch Elise write her final chapter at the NCAA Championships," said Josh Graham, whose closely overseen Elise's training during her Davidson career. "This accomplishment is a testament to her unwavering work ethic and championship mindset. We are very proud of Elise, and extremely thankful for all she has given our program, both in and out of the pool."
Lankiewicz made league history earlier this season, after claiming six Performer of the Week titles, tied for the most in a single season. She won the award eleven times in her three seasons in the A-10.
ESPN3 will stream the event finals on Friday and Saturday. The Wednesday evening session, as well as both Thursday sessions, and the morning sessions of Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportcorp.org/ncaasd.