Keire Set for Final NCAA Championship
March 15, 2017

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CINCINNATI – University of Cincinnati swimmer Jacqueline Keire (Burlington, Ontario/Nelson) will close her historic career at the 2017 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Indiana, March 15-18. Keire qualified in three events and will swim the 50 freestyle on Thursday, the 200 freestyle on Friday and the 100 freestyle on Saturday.

Keire is a two-time All-American after finishing 16th nationally in the 200 freestyle in 2015 and 15th in the 100 freestyle last season. She is coming off a successful American Athletic Conference championship campaign that saw her make history as the only student-athlete to earn league Most Outstanding Swimmer honors in three consecutive seasons. She picked up individual gold medals in the 50, 100 and 200 freestyle races and also led the Bearcats to their first-ever relay wins in the 200 and 800 freestyle relays.

// 50 FREESTYLE
Thursday, March 16 | 10 a.m. prelims (live stream) | 6 p.m. finals (live stream)
Keire is seeded 34th in the 50 freestyle, her highest seed of the championship. She enters with a time of 22.19 which she set at the American Athletic Conference Championships to earn her first individual gold of the meet. She is competing in the 50 freestyle for the second time, replacing the 500 freestyle which she swam in 2014 and 2015. 

// 200 FREESTYLE
Friday, March 17 | 10 a.m. prelims (live stream) | 6 p.m. finals (live stream)
Keire is seeded sixth in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:43.19. Also seeded in the top-eight of that race are American Olympians Simone Manuel (1:40.37), Katie Ledecky (1:40.50), Cierra Runge (1:43.18), Leah Smith (1:43.29) and Lia Neal (1:43.34), as well as Hong Kong Olympian Siobhan Haughey (1:42.49). Keire was named Honorable Mention All-America in the event in 2015 after winning a preliminary swim-off and touching 16th in the finals with a time of 1:48.63.


 

 

// 100 FREESTYLE
Saturday, March 18 | 10 a.m. prelims (live stream) | 6 p.m. finals (live stream)
The final event for Keire is the 100 freestyle where the senior is seeded 15th with a time of 47.95. Her 2016 time of 48:60 earned her Honorable Mention All-America honors and was good for 16th in the NCAA.

A total of 322 participants will compete in the women’s championships. Swimmers qualified by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered throughout the year.

ESPN3.com will stream the championships finals sessions live on Friday and Saturday. Wednesday’s evening session, Thursday’s sessions along with the morning session on Friday and Saturday will be streamed live on NCAA.com and indianasportscorp.org/ncaasd. Additionally, ESPNU will air a two-hour broadcast via tape delay at 7 p.m. ET, Tuesday, March 28. Live results for the championships will be available on NCAA.com.