For the third time in his collegiate career but first as an individual, Louisville senior Josh Quallen has qualified for the NCAA Div. I Swimming & Diving Championship.
Quallen, a 2013 graduate of Wilmington High School, earned a berth in the national championship meet in the 100 butterfly and 200 IM as well as the 200 medley relay and the 400 medley relay. He also is in consideration as a member of the 200 free relay, according to the Louisville sports information department.
In all 10 Louisville swimmers qualified to the nationals in individual events, in addition to all five relay teams.
Quallen’s 45.56-second 100 fly at the Atlantic Coast Conference Swimming and Diving Championship at Georgia Tech established a new University of Louisville record.
Quallen also was a member of two U of L record setting relays at the ACC meet – the 200 medley and 400 medley.
The 400 medley relay team was first at the ACC while the 200 medley relay was runnerup. Quallen was second in the 100 fly at the ACCs and fifth in the 200 fly. He was second in the B final in the 200 IM.
The NCAA championships will be held March 22-25 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis.
At Wilmington, Quallen won four state championships and earned Swimmer of the Meet for his performance in the 2013 state championship. While swimming for the Dayton Raiders Swim Team, Quallen was an Olympic Trial qualifier and a Junior National finalist in several events.
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