Indianapolis, Ind. - Lynn University swimmers Catalina Berraud-Galea and Sarah Hughes have been selected to participate in the NCAA Division II National Championships as announced on Thursday. This marks the sixth consecutive year the Fighting Knights have multiple swimmers participating in the championship. The 2018 national championship will be held March 14-17, in Greensboro, N.C.
Berraud-Galea earns her third nod in three seasons with the Blue and White. She will compete in the 1650, 1000 and 500 freestyle events. The junior out of La Pampa, Argentina previously finished in the top-16 at nationals in the 500 and 1650 free in 2017 and the 1650 free in 2016. Berraud-Galea claimed gold in the 1650 free and bronze in the 500 free last week at the Sunshine State Conference Championship.
This will be Hughes' second appearance at the national championship. Last year she turned in an All-America Honorable mention performance in the 400 individual medley. This season the Southampton, England, product will take part in the 200 & 400 IM and the 100 & 200 breaststroke. Hughes turned in a silver medal performance in the 400 IM and bronze effort in the 200 breast at the SSC Championship.
In addition to the duo, sophomore Fatimah Westbrook (100 breast and 50 free) and freshman Samar Khacha (400 IM) posted NCAA 'B' cut times but were not selected by the NCAA. This is the first time Lynn has had four separate swimmers post NCAA 'B' cut qualifying times in a single season.
The Fighting Knights have nine top-eight finishes, including three national championships, and 13 top-16 finishes in program history. Rebecca Matthews owns the school record with seven First Team All-America accolades. Swimmers that finish in the top-eight qualify for First Team recognition while top-16 finishers receive Honorable Mention accolades.
For more information check out LynnFightingKnights.com and NCAA.com.