For the first time ever, the Rhodes College swimming and diving teams will send a participant from both the men's and women's teams to the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships March 20-23 in Greensboro, N.C. The event will be hosted by the Old Dominion Conference and the Greensboro Aquatic Center.
This year, siblings Allie Hill '19 and Hayden Hill '21 will represent the Lynx on the main stage. Hailing from Jackson, Tenn., the duo ensure that the Lynx have qualified for the NCAA Championships each of the last four years.
"This has been a historic season for our programs, and Allie and Hayden have only furthered our teams' accomplishments in qualifying for the NCAA Championships," says head coach Charlie Boehme. "With Allie seeded ninth in the 200 Back, and Hayden seeded ninth in the 200 Fly, we've felt secure since December that they would be invited to the championships. This allowed us to hold back on fully resting them for SAA's, and allowed us to get to work immediately after the conference championships. The NCAA Championships will be each of their first full tapers of the year, and I can't wait to see them race against some of the best in the nation. Each of them has made history for the program this season, as Allie is our first ever four-time NCAA qualifier, and Hayden is the first male qualifier in the history of Rhodes College Swimming & Diving."
In addition to the 200 backstroke, Allie will look to compete in the 200 individual medley and 100 backstroke, while Hayden will compete in the 100 butterfly and 100 freestyle in addition to his qualifying 200 butterfly.