Four Women Earn Spots to Compete at NCAA Championships
(INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.) – Four Carnegie Mellon University women's swimmers have earned the right to compete at the 2022 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships. Of the four women invited this year, two were invited in 2020 with the other two earning their first postseason selection; however, all four will be competing for the first time. The championships will be hosted by the Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corp at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana, on March 16-19.
Senior Kierstyn Cassidy (Waynesville, Ohio / Waynesville) earned a spot at the NCAA Championships with her 1,650-yard freestyle time of 17:18.94 at the Kenyon College Fast Chance meet on February 19. Her time seeds her 28th while it's the second fastest time in Carnegie Mellon women's history. Cassidy will also compete in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle by virtue of meeting the qualifying standard for each during the season.
Junior Bonnie Wang (Vancouver, BC / Collingwood School), who was invited to the championships in 2020, leads a trio of women who earned selections to the national meet in the backstroke. Swimming with Wang will be junior Tiffany Tseng (Westford, Mass. / Westford Academy) and freshman Emma Hoffman (Ballston Spa, N.Y. / Ballston Spa). Wang is seeded 6th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:59.98 while Hoffman is 20th in the 200-yard backstroke in 2:02.42. Tseng was invited in the 100-yard backstroke for the second season and she ranks 14th with a time of 56.15.
Wang was also selected to compete in the 100-yard backstroke where she is seeded 10th with a season top-time of 55.74. The junior will also compete in the 200-yard IM while Hoffman will additionally compete in the 500-yard freestyle and 200-yard freestyle. Tseng is doubling up the backstroke events with the 200-yard backstroke while her third event will be the 50-yard freestyle.
Wang currently holds the school record in both backstroke events, setting both marks this season.
The four women will team up to compete in the 200-yard medley relay and the 200-yard freestyle relay.