SHENANDOAH, Texas - Junior Jenna Hayden competed in her first of three races at the 2017 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships starting with the 100-yard butterfly, on Thursday.
Hayden earned a final time of 57.18 in the prelims race.
She will go on to compete in the 100-yard backstroke on Friday (prelims 10 a.m. CST), the race that qualified her to the NCAA Championships when she secured a record breaking time of 56.16 in the NEWMAC Championships last month and the 100-yard freestyle on Saturday (prelims 10 a.m. CST).
Hayden is the fifth women's swimmer to compete individually at the NCAA Championships for Wheaton, and first since 2012. She was crowned NEWMAC Champion in the 100-yard backstroke on Saturday which currently ranks her 16th in the nation.