UWF prepares for the NCAA Division II Championships

By Chris Cody
Staff writer

The University of West Florida women’s swimming and diving teams will be going to NCAA Division II championships in Greensboro, North Carolina, starting this Tuesday and ending on Saturday.

“For most of them, it is the meet that they target and want to do best at, so some qualifying is just a dream but I am really proud that some of them have made it a reality this year,” Coach Andrew Hancock said.

Hancock was named NSISC Coach of the Year and Coach Barbara Parker was named NSISC diving coach of the year.

The Argos will be bringing 12 student-athletes to the competition — eight of them being swimmers and four divers.

“I think we have a really good blend of people who have been here before and people who have a little youthful enthusiasm,” Hanock said. 

UWF’s diving team will start on Tuesday in the NCAA Diving Qualifiers. UWF will be sending all four members of the diving team to the NCAA Championships.

The four divers will be junior Mariah Constantakos, sophomore Carson Bronnenberg, freshman Jesstina Farrell and freshmen Francesca Vozzola.

The swimming and dive team celebrating after their NSISC performance. (Photo courtesy of UWF Athletic Department)


Farrell won the 3-meter in the NSISC Championships which took place last month in February.  She was named the High Point Diver of the Meet.

UWF’s swim team will begin competition for the NCAA Championships on Wednesday. The five Argos who were able to qualify were senior Grace Sommerville, junior Pia Hulley, sophomore Taby Read-Cayton, freshman Madeline Pitt and freshman Morgan Ayers.

UWF will also be competing in five relay races, so the Argos will add senior Danica Burnett, senior Sophia Austin, and freshman Caitlin Tierney as members of the relay teams.

Pitt won the NSISC Championship for the 400 Individual Medley, 1,000 Freestyle, and the 650 Freestyle. She also came in second in the 200 Butterfly meet.

Pitt will be competing in all of these events at the NCAA Championships, and the because of these performances she was named High Point Swimmer of the Meet.

Ayers won the NSISC Championship for the 200 Individual Medley and for the 100 Breaststroke, and will be competing in those at the NCAA Championships.

“It feels really good to have all the hard work pay off,” Ayers said on qualifying as a freshman for the NCAA Championships.

UWF swimmer Pia Hulley competing in the backstroke. (Photo courtesy of UWF Athletic Department)


Read-Clayton won the NSISC Championship in the 50 Freestyle and 100 Freestyle, while also coming in second in the 100 Butterfly and qualified for each event.

Sommerville qualified for the 200 fly, 400 Individual Medley, 500 Freestyle, and the 1,650 Freestyle.

Hulley will be competing in the NCAA Championships for the third straight year in the 100 Backstroke and the 200 Backstroke at the event.

“I feel like it is a lot calmer to go (now) because you have been there before and I know what to expect,” Hulley said.

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