Leddy and Otto will be making their first appearances at the NCAA Championships this weekend in Auburn, Ala. (Gil Talbot).
CAMBRIDGE, Mass. - Two members of the Harvard women's swimming and diving team - senior Meghan Leddy and freshman Courtney Otto - will compete at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17 at the James E. Martin Aquatic Center in Auburn, Ala. Prelims will be held each morning beginning at 9 a.m. with the championships finals starting at 5 p.m.
Leddy will be making her first appearance at the national championship meet after qualifying for the 200 back. She won the event at the Ivy League Championships on Feb. 25, marking the third 200 back title of her career to become just the fourth student-athlete in Ivy League history to win the event three times. Her fastest time of the year came when she broke her own school record with a time of 1:54.92 on Dec. 2 at the Georgia Invitational. Leddy enters the meet ranked 20th in the event.
Otto will also be making her first appearance at nationals after qualifying in the 400 IM and 200 fly. The freshman won the 400 IM at the Ivy Championships setting a new school record with a time of 4:10.22. Otto placed second in the 200 fly at Ivies but like Leddy, her best time of 1:56.94 was set at the Georgia Invitational. She received a team-high four All-Ivy selections including first team honors in the 400 IM and as a member of the winning 800 free relay team. Otto was also named to the second team for her runner-up performances in the 500 free and 200 fly. Otto ranks 22nd and 25th in the 400 IM and 200 fly.
Leddy and Otto will be the first Crimson to compete at the meet since Alexandra Clarke '10 and Kate Mills '11 represented Harvard in 2010.
Fans can watch the event in its entirety. Each day's preliminaries and Thursday night's finals will be streamed free of charge through AuburnTigers.com, while ESPN will stream the finals on Friday and Saturday through WatchESPN.com.
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