Birmingham Bound! Carmigniani & Potgieter Qualify for NCAA Swimming Championship

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Published Feb 21, 2013 03:42 PM

Indianapolis, Ind. – Add another milestone to Lynn University’s historic inaugural women’s swimming season with the announcement Thalie Carmigniani and Tyne Potgieter have qualified for the NCAA Division II National Championship.  The two swimmers will compete in a combined six events from March 6-9, in Birmingham, Ala.

The top 16 times in the country for any event automatically qualify a swimmer for the NCAA Championship.  If a swimmer, who is competing in a separate event from the one they initially qualified for, logs a “B” cut time during the course of the season, they may also swim in that competition.

Potgieter qualified with a “B” cut standard time in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.  The Durban, South Africa, native owns the fourth-best 100 breaststroke time in the country at 1:03.33, which she achieved by breaking the Sunshine State Conference Championship mark.  Her 200 breaststroke time of 2:19.31 is 13th in the nation.

Carmigniani qualified with a “B” cut standard time of 2:02.40 in the 200 backstroke, which ranks her 14th overall.  A native of Tours, France, she swam “B” cut qualifying times in the 1000 freestyle (10:20.56), 500 freestyle (5:05.35) and 400 individual medleys (4:28.95) and will compete in those events at the national championship.

The Fighting Knights pulled off a major coup with both Potgieter and Carmigniani winning medals at the SSC Championship in the first season of existence for the program.  Carmigniani, already the first swimmer in school history to win player of the week recognition, became the first swimmer to win a medal by placing third in the 400 IM.  Later in the night, Potgieter earned the first gold medal with a first place finish in the 100 breaststroke.  The duo earned two medals apiece during the SSC Championship.

USA Swimming and the NCAA partnered to keep track of all Division I, II and III performance times. By utilizing USA Swimming’s SWIMS database, which records times for USAS members, college coaches and swimmers are now able to search for their best times, event rank within the NCAA and even look up team rosters.

Fans can keep up with the swim team’s results at the NCAA Championship by logging on to LynnFightingKnights.com and receive in-meet updates by following @LUKnights on Twitter and Instagram.  Don’t forget to “Like” us on Facebook.

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