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Somerville Qualifies for NCAA Championship
Somerville at the Big East Championships
Somerville at the Big East Championships

March 6, 2006

VILLANOVA, Pa. - Junior Jenny Somerville (Hillsdale, Ind.) has made the cut for the 2006 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in two events head coach Rick Simpson announced Friday. This will be her second trip to the meet after qualifying in the same two events last year as a sophomore.

At the Big East Championships, Somerville won the 1,650 free for the third consecutive year and placed seventh in the 500 free (4:53.31). Her time of 16:29.92 in the 1,650 was a career-best. Both of these times were NCAA "B" qualifiers, so she was forced to wait until Friday to find out if she had made the championship. Somerville is the 57th seed in the 500 free and the 27th in the 1,650 free.

Villanova has had two NCAA All-Americans in the 500 free during the Simpson Era including Becky Koch in 2003 and Sydney Olympics team member, Maddy Crippen, in 1999. Somerville now looks to join this elite group of athletes in 2006.

Junior Annie Kelley (Newton, Mass.) was the other Wildcat who swam a "B" qualifying time but was 0:00.55 away from making the cut in the 400 IM.

Somerville will travel to Athens, Ga. March 16-18 for the meet at the Gabrielsen Natatorium.



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