The meet is set to begin on March 20 at the Lee & Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas with a total of 322 participants (218 swimmers and 41 divers). Finals for each event will air on the ESPN family of networks, with prelims airings on the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships microsite at https://texassports.com/
“I’m certainly excited for Peyton to have the opportunity to return to the NCAA Championships,” said Head Coach Ryan Wochomurka. " As junior having experienced it last year, I know she is looking at this one with a different eye on how she go and potentially score some points. If you qualify for this meet you have an opportunity to score points. I’m excited for her to have this opportunity and look forward to that in a couple weeks. I’m especially proud of her coming back after a wrist surgery in August. She’s fought hard all year for that. I’m excited to continue the season and for the Coogs’ to be represented at the NCAA Championships again."
WHAT YOU SHOULD KNOW
* Kondis earned a trio of individual podium finishes at The American Championships, and helped the Cougars earn two first-place finishes in the 200 Medley Relay and the 400 Medley Relay.
* The junior turned in a season-best and NCAA B-Cut time of 59.84 in the 100 Breaststroke, to qualify for the event at the NCAA Championships
* Kondis finished third overall in the 200 IM with a time of 1:59.50, the second-fastest time in program history and second-place in the 200 Breaststroke at 2:10.62 which is also the second-best time in program history in the event.
* Swimming the breaststroke leg in a pair of relays, Kondis helped the Cougars sweep the relays and become only the second team to do so at the conference meet.
* Kondis is one of three swimmers in The American to qualify for the meet this season and the first Cougar since Taylor Olanski to qualify for the event in back-to-back seasons. Olanski qualified as a diver in both 2014 and 2015. Kondis is also the first swimmer to qualify for consecutive NCAA meets since Maija Harris accomplished the feat in 1988 and 1989.
* The junior will compete in three events in Austin; the 200 Individual Medley, 100 Breaststroke, and 200 Breaststroke.