SEATTLE (March 15) – Blaise Wittenauer-Lee of Seattle University women’s swimming will compete against the nation’s best at the 2017 NCAA Championships March 16-18. The senior will participate in the 200 IM, 100 breaststroke, and 200 breaststroke in the meet, hosted by IUPUI.
Wittenauer-Lee is the first Division I Redhawk swimmer to qualify for NCAAs. She earned a spot with her NCAA ‘B’ cut time in the 200 breaststroke. Her time of 2:09.85 is 24th-best in the country. She won the 200 breaststroke at the WAC Championships, blowing away the field with a WAC-record time. The record had stood for 14 years.
On Thursday, individual trials begin in Indianapolis. Each day, time trials begin at 7 a.m. (Pacific)/10 a.m. (Central) with finals set to start at 3 p.m. (Pacific)/6 p.m. (Central). Wittenauer-Lee will compete in the 200 IM Thursday, the 100 breaststroke Friday, and the 200 breaststroke Saturday.
The Portland, Oregon, native was named WAC Female Swimmer of the Year after a dominant showing in Houston. She won three gold medals and set two conference records. Wittenauer-Lee upped her career total to five individual WAC golds and set eight school records at the event.
In the 100 breaststroke and 200 IM, Wittenauer-Lee also has ‘B’ cuts. Her time of 1:00.52 in the 100 breaststroke is a WAC and school record. Her 200 IM time of 1:59.95 is a program record.