Barksdale Earns All-American Honors at NCAA Championships
March 17, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Sophomore Emma Barksdale garnered All-American laurels as the University of South Carolina finished day three of the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships on Friday. Barksdale is Carolina’s first All-American of the week.
South Carolina finished the day with four points as a team, which is good for 36th place.
Barksdale finished at tenth in the 400-yard IM to advance to the B finals with a time of 4:07.05. She went on to swim a 4:06.80 to earn 13th place overall.
Kersten Dirrane competed in her first event of the meet,setting a personal best and taking 25th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:00.42. In addition to the swimmers, Carolina had two divers take part in the 3-meter dive. Julia Vincent finished at 18th with a mark of 304.15, while Mikaela Lujan came in 47th place with a score of 246.20
HEAD SWIMMING COACH McGee Moody – “Our ladies had a great day in the pool today. Emma [Barksdale] had a great swim yesterday and finished 17th. Today, she was able to push through into the top 16 to receive All-America honors. Kersten Dirrane went a lifetime best in the 100 breaststroke and still has her best event to come. We are excited to see what tomorrow holds for our ladies.”
HEAD DIVING COACH Todd Sherritt – “Mikaela Lujan finished up her first NCAA Championships. She has had an incredible year coming off of surgery this summer. Her getting to the NCAAs is nothing short of miraculous. I have a great deal of respect for her pushing forward through that and not looking back. Julia [Vincent] had some great dives today, unfortunately got a bad hurdle on her full out and knocked her out of the top eight. Staying undefeated in the three-meter all year and winning conference championships created high expectations. So not being in position to win is a real disappointment. That can be a tough pill to swallow. Julia has a great deal of diving ahead of her and more championships to win. I’m sure she will learn something from this meet that will help her in the future. Tomorrow, Allyson Nied dives platform. She has looked great in practice all week so I am excited to see how she performs.”
UP NEXT FOR CAROLINA
The NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships wrap up Saturday in Indianapolis. Nied is slated to compete on the platform, while Dirrane and Barksdale are set for the 200 breaststroke.