Miller Represents Jayhawks on Day One of NCAA Championships
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – In her first race in over two weeks, sophomore Chelsie Miller swam to a 44th-place finish in the 200-yard individual medley inside the Minnesota Aquatic Center Thursday morning at the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving National Championships.
In an event she set the KU all-time record in at the Big 12 Championships earlier this month, the Houston, Texas, native swam a time of 1:59.75 in the preliminary round, missing the qualifying time for the evening’s finals.
“The First day of the NCAA Championships is always nerve-racking,” head coach Clark Campbell said. “She swam well and her race was clean. We will work with her to get her more used to the pool to get her ready for her event tomorrow.”
Miller will compete in her marquee event, the 400-yard individual medley, tomorrow. Miller placed second in the event previously at the 2013 AT&T Winter Nationals, when she swam a time of 4:08.86. Miller was also named Big 12 Champion in the event when she set another KU all-time record at the conference championships (4:07.97).
“It’s huge that she had an opportunity to swim today,” Campbell said. “It’s been a couple weeks since she has raced. This competition has a whole different vibe than the Big 12 Championships, so it’s great she was able to get in a race today. They key for tomorrow is having the mindset of doing well in the morning. She is going to want to keep her preliminary race in her lane and focus on her own performance. This is her race. Hopefully she will grab a lane for tomorrow night’s finals.”
Day two of the NCAA Championships will begin with preliminary races starting at 11 a.m., with finals starting at 7 p.m.
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