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Knapton, Haebig Head to NCAA Championships

By NU Athletic Communications

NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships
Dates: Wednesday, March 14 - Saturday, March 17 (9 a.m. / 5 p.m. CT)
Location: McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, Columbus, Ohio, NCAA Live Stream (Mar. 16-17, 11 a.m. CT) ESPN3
Live Stream (March 16-17, 5 p.m. CT) ESPNU Tape Delay (March 27, 6 p.m. CT)

100 Backstroke Trials: Friday, 8 a.m. (CT)
Three Meter Diving Trials: Friday, 10:30 a.m. (CT)
100 Backstroke Finals: Friday, 4 p.m. (CT) Three Meter Diving Finals: Friday, 4 p.m. (CT)
Platform Diving Trials: Saturday, 11:15 a.m. (CT)
Platform Diving Finals: Saturday, 5 p.m. (CT)

Nebraska diver Abigail Knapton and swimmer Autumn Haebig travel to Columbus, Ohio for the 2018 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, March 14-17.

Knapton is led by head diving coach Natasha Chikina. The native of Kazakhstan has guided the Huskers to 34 NCAA Zone Diving appearances in the last 11 years. Coach Chikina is a two-time Olympic qualifier, competing in Atlanta (1996) and Sydney (2000). It marks the second consecutive season that Chikina has helped Knaption qualify for the NCAA Championships and marks the fifth straight season the Huskers have had a diver qualify for the NCAA Championships under coach Natasha Chikina.

All-American Abi Knapton will make her second consecutive NCAA Championship appearance in the three-meter and platform dives. Knapton is coming off of a runner-up finish at the Zone D diving meet in the platform. She added an 11th-place finish in the three-meter dive. At the 2018 Big Ten Championships, Knapton placed 10th with a score of 317.00 in platform. She added a ninth-place conference finish on the three-meter board, while taking 26th in the one-meter event.

Knapton, a sophomore out of Omaha Marian High School, has tallied 19 top-five finishes this season, including 12 event titles. The Omaha native earned All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the platform dive at the 2017 NCAA Championships.

A standout freshman, Autumn Haebig will make her first NCAA Championship debut in the 100 backstroke. Haebig enters the big stage off of a 10th-place finish at the 2018 Big Ten Championships. In the 500-yard freestyle, Haebig broke  her own school record with a new time of 4:42.69. She finished 12th overall in the finals. The Wisconsin native has tallied 14 top-five finishes, including six victories this season.

This marks the first time that a swimmer has been in the NCAA Championships since Taryn Collura in the 2012-13 season.

A total of 322 women will compete in the NCAA Diving Championships, including 281 swimmers and 41 divers. 

The 2018 NCAA Championships begin with preliminaries at 11 a.m. and finals at 5 p.m. each day. ESPN3 will live stream finals on Friday and Saturday evening. Live results will be available on NCAA.com. Check back in to Huskers.com for updates.

Championship Schedule
Wednesday, March 14 5:00 p.m. Day 1 Finals 
800 Freestyle Relay – timed final

Thursday, March 15
9:00 a.m. Day 2 Swimming Trials
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle

11:30 a.m. One-meter Diving Trials 
15 minutes following trials Consolation Finals (9-16)

5:00 p.m. Day 2 Finals
200 Freestyle Relay Consolation
200 Freestyle Relay Final
500 Freestyle Consolation
500 Freestyle Final
200 Individual Medley Consolation
200 Individual Medley Final
50 Freestyle Consolation
50 Freestyle Final One-meter Diving Finals
400 Medley Relay Consolation
400 Medley Relay Final

Friday, March 16
8:00 a.m. Day 3 Swimming Trials
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke

10:30 a.m. Three-meter Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials Consolation Finals (9-16)

4:00 p.m. Day 3 Finals 
400 Individual Medley Consolation
400 Individual Medley Final
100 Butterfly Consolation 
100 Butterfly Final
 200 Freestyle Consolation
200 Freestyle Final
100 Breaststroke Consolation
100 Breaststroke Final
100 Backstroke Consolation
100 Backstroke Final 
Three-meter Diving Finals 
200 Medley Relay Consolation 
200 Medley Relay Final

Saturday, March 17 9:00 a.m. 
Day 4 Swimming Trials
1,650 Freestyle
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly

11:15 p.m. Platform Diving Trials
15 minutes following trials Consolation Finals (9-16)

2:45 p.m. (approx.)
1,650 Free (early heats)

5:00 p.m. Day 4 Finals 
1,650 Freestyle Final
200 Backstroke Consolation
200 Backstroke Final
100 Freestyle Consolation
100 Freestyle Final
200 Breaststroke Consolation 
200 Breaststroke Final
200 Butterfly Consolation 
200 Butterfly Final
Platform Diving Finals 
400 Freestyle Relay Heat 1
400 Freestyle Relay Heat 2
400 Freestyle Relay Consolation
400 Freestyle Relay Final

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