NEW LONDON, Conn. – The Coast Guard Academy will send six men's swimmers to the NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on March 21-24 in Indianapolis.
Once invited to the NCAA Championship swimmers may compete in other events.
Freshman Eric Fuhs qualified in the 100 and 200 breaststroke and will also swim in the 200 IM in which he broke the school record this season with a time of 1:51.42.
Fuhs, the New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Rookie of the Year, won both the 100 (55.12) and 200 breaststroke (2:01.42) at the conference championship this season. He holds the school record with a time of 2:00.88 in the 200 breaststroke.
Sophomore Joe Rodriguez qualified in the 50 freestyle. He won the NEWMAC championship in the event this year with a time of 20.46, the second fastest time in school history behind All-American Christian Brindamour. He will also swim in the 100 freestyle, in which he posted a B cut time this season.
The Bears 200 medley relay of junior Patrick Jackson, junior Chasse Sodemann, senior Ross Garrett and Rodriguez qualified with 15th fastest time in the nation. This relay set the school record and placed third at the NEWMAC Championship with a time of 1:30.71.
The relay team will also swim in the 400 medley in which they have the 16th fastest time this season and possibly the 200 and 400 freestyle relay events.
Sodemann, who earned All-America honors in the 100 breaststroke last season with a sixth place finish, will again compete in that event. He was third in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.98 at the NEWMAC Championship this season.
Jackson will swim in both the 100 butterfly and the 100 backstroke. He placed second at the NEWMAC Championship with a school record time of 49.42 in the 100 butterfly and he holds the school record in the 100 backstroke (50.32).
Junior Taylor Rowe qualified in the 1,650 freestyle. He has earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 1,650 freestyle and in each of the last two seasons. He placed second at the NEWMAC Championship this season with a time of 15:47.88, the 14th best time in the nation. He will also swim in the 200 and 500 freestyle. He won the NEWMAC Championship in the 500 freestyle for the second straight season.
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