Kevlyn Richards (Gig Harbor, Wash.), a four-year letterwinner with the Seattle University women’s swim team, completed her participation Friday morning in the 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials at the Indiana University Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI.
Richards qualified for the national meet in May, enabling her to compete in both the 50 meter breaststroke and 100 meter breaststroke. Thursday morning, she finished in 25th place in the morning preliminaries of the 50 meter breaststroke with a time of 34.00 seconds. In Friday’s 100 meter breaststroke preliminaries, Richards posted a time of 1:12.02 to finish in 28th place.
“It was a great accomplishment for Kevlyn to qualify for this meet, especially in the breaststroke events which appeared, based on the number of qualifiers, to be the most difficult this time around,” Craig Nisgor, head coach of the Seattle U men’s and women’s swim teams, said. “Hopefully this will start a pattern in which Redhawk swimmers are continually advancing to these meets featuring the elite swimmers in the country.”
This is the second consecutive year in which Richards qualified for a national elite meet after reaching the 2012 United States Olympic Swim Trials in Omaha, Neb. During the 2012-13 collegiate swim campaign, she finished second in the 100 yard breaststroke at the Western Athletic Conference Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in San Antonio, Texas, with a school-record and NCAA “B” cut time of 1:01.95.
Less than two weeks ago, Richards received her Bachelor of Science degree in sport and exercise science. She was one of 13 members of the Redhawk women’s swim team to earn Academic All-WAC recognition for having a grade point average at or above 3.0, and her accomplishments were recognized in a Washington State Senate resolution passed in February celebrating National Women and Girls in Sports Day.