Bready Breaks School Record in NCAA Debut|
March 25, 2017
INDIANAPOLIS – University of Cincinnati swimmer Chris Bready (Missouri City, Texas/Lawrence E. Elkins) made his first appearance at the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships this weekend in Indianapolis, Indiana, competing in two events and setting a new school record.
The junior made waves in his first event of the championship, breaking the school record in the 500 freestyle on Thursday, March 23. He touched in a time of 4:20.37 in the preliminary round, topping the previous program mark of 4:20.44 which was set by freshman Din Selmanovic (Mississauga, Ontario/Cawthra) on the second day of the 2017 American Athletic Conference Championship on Feb. 16. The time earned him 36th place out of the 50 swimmers who qualified to race the 500 freestyle at the national championship
Bready followed that performance with the 1650 freestyle event on Saturday, March 25, earning 24th place in a time of 4:58.57.
Bready is the first UC men’s swimmer to earn a berth into the NCAA meet since 2010 when All-American Josh Schneider was crowned the champion in the 50 freestyle. Last weekend, senior Jacqueline Keire (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) earned All-America honors in the 200 freestyle after finishing seventh at the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championship. She also competed in the 50 freestyle and the 100 freestyle, earning 20th and 21st place, respectively.
The meet closed out a successful 2016-17 season for the University of Cincinnati swimming and diving team that brought six conference champions, 22 conference medals and 19 school records.