March 13, 2012
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - Three Purdue swimmers - Emily Fogle, Lauren Roth and Rhiannon Sheets - will represent the Boilermakers this weekend at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, hosted by Auburn University.
Competition is set for Thursday through Saturday at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Morning preliminaries begin daily at noon ET, with evening finals set for 8 p.m. ET. Auburn Athletics will provide free live video webcast coverage of all preliminary sessions as well as the Thursday evening finals. ESPN3 and WatchESPN.com will have the live video webcast coverage Friday and Saturday night.
Fogle and Roth are both making the second appearances of their careers at the NCAA Championships. Sheets qualified as a freshman, duplicating the feat accomplished by Fogle a season ago. Roth was part of the Purdue contingent that represented the program with distinction when the Boilermaker Aquatic Center served as the host pool of the 2010 NCAA Championships.
Once a swimmer is invited to the NCAA Championships, she has the opportunity to compete individually in any event in which she has posted an NCAA provisional-qualifying time (B Cut). Individually, the swimmers with the Top 30 or 31 times in an event earned auto invites.
All week, swimmers will be striving to finish among the top 16 in the morning preliminaries. In doing so, they'll be able to score team points for their university and earn All-America honors in the evening finals.
Fogle posted NCAA automatic-qualifying times (A Cuts) in the 100 and 200 breaststroke at the Big Ten Championships. Her school record times in the 100 (59.53) and 200 breast (2:08.72) ranked sixth and seventh nationally, respectively. She will also have the option to compete in the 200 IM.
Roth's season-best time in the 500 freestyle (4:42.12), a school record mark, was 30th nationally. She will also have the option to compete in the 200 free and 200 butterfly.
Sheets' program-record time of 1:56.67 in the 200 butterfly ranked 19th nationally. She will also have the option to compete to in the 100 fly and 200 free.
Roth will get the first opportunity to compete at the NCAA Championships this week. The 500 free is the first individual event of the week, set for Thursday morning after the 200 freestyle relay. The 200 IM (Fogle) follows the 500 free.
Sheets will get her first taste of the action Friday. The 100 butterfly is the third event, followed by the 200 free (Roth and Sheets) and 100 breast (Fogle). The Boilermakers should be represented in three consecutive events Friday afternoon.
Saturday, the 200 breast (Fogle) and 200 fly (Roth and Sheets) are set for back-to-back events.
Roth was a two-time Honorable Mention All-American as a sophomore after swimming the third leg on both the 400 and 800 free relays that qualified for the consolation finals at the NCAA Championships. She was a part of a school-record performance (since eclipsed) in the 800 free relay at the national championship meet.
Fogle was 30th in the preliminaries of the 100 breast and 40th in the prelims of the 200 breast a year ago. She will be among the favorites to qualify for the championship final of both events this season based on the national rankings of her school-record times at the Big Ten Championships.
Fogle and Roth have joined Lisa Butler, Caitlin Hamilton, Ariel Martin and Allie Smith as swimmers to make multiple appearances at the NCAA Championships during head coach John Klinge's four-year tenure.