Chang set for Swimming Nationals

LOS ANGELES, Calif. – Three weeks after re-writing the Occidental College women's swimming record books, freshman Caroline Chang punched a ticket to NCAA Division III Nationals at the University of Tennessee.

Chang won a pair of events at the 2011 Southern California Intercollegiate Athletic Conference Championships at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif. She earned the top spot in both the 100 Breaststroke and 200 Breaststroke with swims of 1:05.41 and 2:21.81, respectively.

The 100 breast time set a new Occidental school record and is ranked 13th in the country while she is currently the fourth fastest freshman in Division III.  Chang's 200 breast time places her 20th entering Nationals.

The Lisle, Ill. native will also swim the 200 Individual Medley in which she is 38th among all swimmers in the nation. At SCIAC Championships, Chang swam the second fastest time in Oxy history in 2:10.72.

When asked about her first year of collegiate swimming, head coach Alex Kuhn offered, "Caroline has worked extremely hard in her first season. Our goal over the course of the season was to improve her technique and her training each day, rather than focus on her times."

Despite having some bumps along the road, Chang continued to work hard and believed that her training would pay off. It certainly has thus far.

"Winning the SCIAC in both the 100 and 200 and qualifying for NCAA's is a testament to the body of work she put in at every practice," Kuhn went on, "We will head to Knoxville with the same attitude we have had the entire season; focusing on improving and gaining experience along the way."

Chang will represent Occidental as one of only three schools, Claremont-Mudd-Scripps and Whittier, from the league with swimmers to quality and punch a ticket to Tennessee.

The official psych sheet was released the first week of March.

Athletes will compete  between March 23-26 in Knoxville, Tenn. at the Allan Jones Aquatics Center in a meet hosted by Beloit College and the College of Wooster.  

Article by Tracy Maple, Sports Information Director