GREENSBORO --- The George Fox University swim team will send Aspen Monkhouse to the 2019 NCAA Division III Swimming and Diving Championships on March 20-23 at the Greensboro Aquatic Center in Greensboro, N.C.
Monkhouse, a sophomore from Port Orchard, Washington, becomes the first-ever Bruin to qualify for the NCAA Div. III Swimming and Diving Championships. She will compete in the women's 50-yard free on Wednesday, March 20, with trials starting at 7 am (PST). Finals will take place at 3 pm that same day with a chance to earn an All-American honor if she makes the top-8 in placements from trials.
"It's really exciting for our first-year program to send someone to Nationals," said head coach Natalie Turner. "We are excited to have Aspen represent our program and our school at a national level."
Monkhouse was exceptional this year in the women's 50-yard free, remaining undefeated the entire season in that event. Her fastest time of 23.41 came at the Northwest Conference Championships, where she became the first George Fox conference champion and All-NWC first-team selection.
As of right now, she enters the NCAA Championships tied for 13th out of the 64 swimmers competing. The event will be separated into two heats for trials and the top 1-8 out of the trials will earn the All-American honor.
"Aspen's in a really good place right now mentally and has been the top competitor in the 50-yard free all season," added Turner. "We try to treat every meet like it's the one you can qualify into nationals and Aspen has done a great job of setting the bar high all season."