March 21, 2013

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Indianapolis, Ind. - The NCAA Division I Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Committee announced the participants in the 2013 NCAA Division I Women's Championship on Wednesday, which included Fordham's Brienne Ryan and Massachusetts’ Michaela Butler. The championship will be held March 21-23 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis. The Indiana Sports Corporation and IUPUI will serve as the co-hosts.

A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) will compete in the championships. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.

NCAA action begins Thursday March 21 at 11 a.m. with the 200-yard freestyle relay. The 100-yard backstroke event of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship is set to take place on Friday, March 22nd. The 200-yard backstroke event will take place on Saturday, March 23rd.

Diving will begin with the one-meter prelims at approximately 1:30 p.m. The consolation finals will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the championship finals starting up after that conclusion. The three-meter will begin and wrap-up at the same times on Friday March 22. ESPN3.com will stream finals sessions on Friday and Saturday live.

Fordham’s Brienne Ryan

Ryan is the first Fordham female to be invited to the NCAA Championship meet twice, as she qualified for the 100-yard backstroke in 52.97 seconds, which was good for a tie for 29th in the country. The top 38 qualifiers were invited to the championship. She can also compete in any other event that she had an NCAA "B" cut time in, which she did in the 200-yard backstroke (1:55.79).

Ryan has had a phenomenal senior season, in which she was named Atlantic 10 Women's Swimming & Diving Performer of the Week six times during the regular season, heading into the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championship in Ohio.

Ryan was once again one of Fordham's top performers, earning All-Atlantic 10 honors in four events and scoring in three others. She was the Atlantic 10 champion in both the 100- and 200-yard backstroke events, setting the Atlantic 10 record in the 200-yard event at 1:55.79. It marked the fifth time that a Fordham female swimmer had won two events in an Atlantic 10 Championship, as Ryan joined Courtney Collyer (2009 & 2012), Caitlin Napoli (2009), and Erika Newell (2005) in that group.

Ryan also earned Second Team All-Atlantic 10 honors as a part of the 200- and 400-yard medley relay teams.

Ryan will once again compete in the 100-yard and 200-yard backstroke event after finishing 20th and 17th, respectively at last year's NCAA Championship.

Massachusetts’ Michaela Butler

Michaela Butler of the UMass women's swimming and diving team will represent the Minutewomen at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind. beginning Thursday March 21.

The Dennisport, Mass. native is the first women's swimming and diving athlete to make it to the national championship, and the third in the 76-year history of UMass swimming. Butler joins Jason Cook and Billy Brown as the only other UMass swimming and diving athletes to qualify for NCAA's.

During last weekends Zone A qualifying meet, Butler was able to pick up a fourth-place finish in the three-meter and a third-place finish in the one-meter dives. The first day of competition saw Kaylea Arnett and Logan Kline of Virginia Tech and Danielle Cecco of UConn qualify on the three-meter board. On the second day of action Arnett and Cecco placed in the automatic qualifying positions, however, since they qualified on the first day, Butler, who finished third received the automatic qualification.

Butler capped off her second-consecutive undefeated season before heading to zones. The redshirt junior won gold on both the one- and three-meter boards at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships, defending both of her titles from the previous season. The 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Meet will be held from March 21-23 from the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind.