March 18, 2016
ATLANTA, Ga. –– Lauren Barber (Fr., New Wilmington, Pa.) set new Navy and Patriot League records in the 100 breaststroke Friday morning at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship in Atlanta, Ga. Her clocking of 1:00.51 in the event bettered the previous standards of 1:00.72 set by Laura Gorinski just over four years ago.
Barber placed second in her heat of eight swimmers to LSU’s Taryn Mackenzie, who posted a time of 1:00.47 to win the heat and tie for 21st place in the field. Barber finished in 25th place in the event –– after entering the championship seeded 40th –– which is the second-highest finish recorded by both a Navy and Patriot League swimmer at the Division I championship. Her showing trails only the 23rd-place finish by Navy’s Tara Chapmon in the 200 free at the 2010 championship.
“I think Lauren learned a lot Thursday (when she placed 34th in the 200 individual medley),” said Navy head coach John Morrison. “She prepared and raced a lot better today. She raced really well. I think she proved that she belongs at this meet and can go fast at it alongside the best swimmers in the country. Today also really sets her up well for Saturday.”
“I tried to relax more today and be myself behind the blocks,” said Barber. “Normally I jump around and yesterday I was more rigid. Today I didn’t want to change anything I normally do.
“I’m really happy I was able to swim a best time, improve upon my seed and represent Navy in such a good way. I’m really excited about tomorrow.”
The freshman will close out her inaugural NCAA Championship Saturday when she competes in the 200 breaststroke. She is seeded 33rd in the event with her school and league record time of 2:10.53.