AKRON, Ohio – Eight members of the Akron women's swimming and diving team will compete in the 2017 NCAA Championships that will be held March 15- March 18, at Indiana University's Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI in Indianapolis, Ind.
This marks the second time in program history that Akron will take part in the NCAA Championships.
Senior Paige Kelkenberg (Lockport, N.Y.), sophomore Madison Myers (Akron, Ohio), junior Paloma Marrero Munoz (Merida, Spain) and senior Luka Szynal (Lublin, Poland) each garnered bids in their respective events (see below) for the Zips.
Sophomore Ragen Engel (Springfield, Ohio), sophomore Sadie Fazekas (Windsor, Ontario), sophomore Victoria Shaffer (Upper St. Clair, Pa.) and freshman Morgan Waggoner (Fremont, Ohio) are all eligible to compete on relays.
Myers earned a bid in the 200 IM after winning the event at the 2017 Mid-American Conference Championships with a record-breaking time of 1:56.92. The Akron native is also eligible to compete in the 100 backstroke, an event in which she holds the MAC record at 52.76, and the 100 freestyle.
Joining Myers in the 200 IM is Marrero, who is also eligible in the 100 and 200 breaststroke. The native Spaniard is the school-record holder in both of the breaststroke events.
Szynal received an invitation in the 200 backstroke, an event in which she finished 18th at the 2016 NCAA Championships. The recipient of the MAC's Most Outstanding Senior Swimmer Award, Szynal can also take part in the 100 backstroke.
On the diving boards, Kelkenberg qualified in the one-meter event after finishing eighth at the NCAA Zone "C" Diving Championships.
Akron received bids in the 200 and 400 medley relay after breaking the MAC record in each of the events at the 2017 MAC Championships.
The relay team of Myers, Marrero, Fazekas and Engel captured the 200 medley relay in a time of 1:36.89, the 18th fastest clip in the nation this season.
In the 400 medley relay, Szynal, Marrero, Fazekas and Myers teamed up to win the event with a time of 3:34.39, the 25th best mark in the country.