Senior swimmer Eric Chiu competed in the NCAA swimming championships last Friday and placed 27th overall with a time of 47.02. Chiu is the first swimmer to compete in an individual event at the NCAAs for Tech since 2010. Chiu qualified for the championships after having a fast enough qualifying time in the Last Chance Meet that was hosted here at Tech.
Tech may not have had the greatest season as a team, but Chiu was still proud of what they were able to accomplish.
“It shows that while our team does not have a prestigious dual meet record, we are still competitive enough to compete at the national level. Our team has grown from the experience and it sets a good precedence for excellence, moving forward,” Chiu said.
Chiu wasn’t the only Tech swimmer to compete in the event. If a school has someone to qualify for an individual event, they are also allowed to compete in relay events.
Traveling to Indianapolis with Chiu were Andrew Kosic, Andrew Chetcuti and Nico van Duijn. Together they competed in both the 200 and 400 relays.
“I think it’s an awesome step for our program, obviously taking five guys is a big deal. I think that we all wanted to score, but we didn’t, but I think that gives us incentive and motivation for next year and the future. Taking four sophomores, they now know what it’s like, they have something to strive for and bring back to motivate the whole team,” Head coach Courtney Hart said.
With that being the NCAA Championships, the season is now complete for both the swim teams.