William Smith junior swimmer Caroline Conboy was selected to compete in the NCAA Division III Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on March 16-19 in Greensboro, N.C. Conboy is making her first appearance at the NCAA Championships and is the first Heron to qualify for nationals since Sarah Costanza ’06 and Becky Grossman ’05 qualified in 2005.
“This is a great honor for Caroline, our team, our coaching staff, and the program,” said Head Coach Kelly Kisner “People think of swimming and diving as an individual sport, but we Herons respectfully disagree. We know and understand you need your teammates pushing you every day to train at the intensity level it takes to swim and dive at the highest level. It’s all about team for us and continuing our season on to the NCAA meet is a huge honor for everyone.”
Conboy qualified for the national championships in two events and will get the chance to swim in a third event as an optional entry. Conboy posted the nation’s 13th fastest time in the 100-yard breaststroke this season, when she swam a 1:03.40 to capture the Liberty League Title. It was the third straight year she won the conference championship in the 100 breaststroke. At the Upper New York State Swimming Association Championships, Conboy won her first of two state titles with a time of 1:04.55. The NCAA selected the top-21 swimmers to compete in the event. Conboy’s preliminary swim at the UNYSCSA Championships, 1:04.26, also would have qualified her for the national championships. With 12 optional entries, the 100 breaststroke field will have 33 swimmers in North Carolina.
Conboy also qualified for the NCAAs in the 200 breaststroke. In December, at the Liberty League Championships, she won the 200 breaststroke for the second straight year. Her time of 2:20.23 was a school record at the time. At the UNYSCSA Championships she won the event to claim her second state title. Conboy turned in a preliminary time of 2:19.97 to lower her school record. Her time was the 18th fastest in Division III this season. The NCAA selected the top-20 swimmers to compete in 200 breaststroke at this year’s championship. The field expands to 33 with the 13 optional entries.
Conboy will also compete in the 200 individual medley as an optional entry. She is the reigning Liberty League Champion in the event after touching the wall first with a time of 2:08.72. On the first day of the UNYSCSA Championships, she finished with a time of 2:07.86, a school record. In Greensboro, the field will have 54 swimmers.
Following a spectacular sophomore campaign, Conboy was even more impressive in 2015-16. After capturing three league titles, she was named the Liberty League Championships Swimmer of the Meet. Conboy was also named the Liberty League Swimmer of the Week and the ECAC Upstate Swimmer of the Week three times. Her name appears on the school record board eight times and she set 13 school records this year.
Hosted by the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, the NCAA Division III Championships kick off on March 16 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center. A total of 267 participants (243 swimmers and 24 divers) will compete.