NORTON, MA- Wheaton College sophomore Julia Wright (Pomfret, VT/Northfield Mount Hermon School) will become the first diver in the program's 19-year history to attend an NCAA Swimming & Diving Championship, which is slated for March 17-20 at the University Aquatic Center on the campus of the University of Minnesota.
This selection will mark the third time in the last four years Wheaton will have had at least one representative at the national meet. Wright, who owns all four of Wheaton's diving records, is one of just 22 divers selected to compete off the one- and three-meter platforms.
Helping the Lyons to a third-place mark in this year's New England Women's and Men's Athletic Conference (NEWMAC) Championship, where she broke her own school record in the one-meter, 11-dive event, Wright joins a combined three divers from league schools Clark University and Springfield College.
A two-time NEWMAC Diver-of-the-Week selection, Wright clipped the program standards in the one- and three-meter, six-dive events earlier this season. At the 2009 NEWMAC Championship as a freshman, Wright broke the school mark in the three-meter, 11-dive competition.
Wright is scheduled to compete off the one-meter board during the second day of the NCAA Championship on Thursday, March 18, before taking part in the three-meter event during the meet's final day on Saturday. Preliminaries start at 10:00 a.m., with the finals slated to begin at 6:00 p.m.