Butler Heads To Indianapolis For NCAA's
March 20, 2013
AMHERST, Mass. - Michaela Butler of the UMass women's swimming and diving team will represent the Minutewomen at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the IU Natatorium and the IUPUI Sports Complex in Indianapolis, Ind. beginning Thursday March 21.
The Dennisport, Mass. native is the first women's swimming and diving athlete to make it to the national championship, and the third in the 76-year history of UMass swimming.
Butler joins Jason Cook and Billy Brown as the only other swimming and diving athletes to qualify for NCAA's. Cook qualified as a freshman in 2009 and competed on both the one- and three-meter diving events. He finished 27th in the one-meter with a score of 284.15 and 28th in the three-meter with a score of 306.80. Brown qualified to participate in the 200-yard breaststroke during his senior year in 2001.
During last weekends Zone A qualifying meet, Butler was able to pick up a fourth-place finish in the three-meter and a third-place finish in the one-meter dives. The first day of competition saw Kaylea Arnett and Logan Kline of Virginia Tech and Danielle Cecco of UConn qualify on the three-meter board. On the second day of action Arnett and Cecco placed in the automatic qualifying positions, however, since they qualified on the first day, Butler, who finished third received the automatic qualification.
Butler capped off her second-consecutive undefeated season before heading to zones. The redshirt junior won gold on both the one- and three-meter boards at the 2013 Atlantic 10 Championships, defending both of her titles from the previous season.
At the Frank Elm Invitational early in the season, Butler was able to set all of the UMass women's diving records en route to two first-place finishes. On the three-meter she finished with a score of 347.75, and on the one-meter she pulled in a score of 295.90 in the preliminary round, winning the event with a finals score of 271.90.
NCAA action begins Thursday March 21 at 11 a.m. with the 200-yard freestyle relay. Diving will begin with the one-meter prelims at approximately 1:30 p.m. The consolation finals will begin at 4:00 p.m. with the championship finals starting up after that conclusion. The three-meter will begin and wrap-up at the same times on Friday March 22.