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March 6, 2018 > Lady Pioneers hope to make a splash at swim championships

Lady Pioneers hope to make a splash at swim championships

Submitted By Steve Connolly

Following an exceptional season, Cal State East Bay seniors Morgan McClure and Claire Beaty, as well as sophomore Allie Klinger, each have been named as individual qualifiers for the 2017-18 NCAA Division II Swim Championships.

Beaty capped off an outstanding senior season by posting NCAA qualifying marks in four events, the 200 and 400 IM and the 100 and 200 Breaststroke. McClure qualified in the 200 IM and 200 Freestyle, as the pair will look to each claim All-America status for the second straight season. Klinger made the cut in the 100 Butterfly to swim at the four-day national championship meet, held Mar. 14-17 in Greensboro, North Carolina. The Pioneers will bring a few additional swimmers to Greensboro after qualifying four of their relays to compete at the NCAA meet as well.

To fill out their relay squads, the Pioneers will bring a total of six athletes to NCAA Championships. The trio that qualified individually will be joined by freshman Serene Augustain, senior Shelby Parker, and junior Vivy Hua. Parker and Hua will both be making their second trip to nationals after earning All-America honorable mentions in 2016-17.

"I'm extremely proud of these ladies," said head coach Shane Pelton. "They earned this trip to NCAA championships. The meet has gotten faster every year, making it more and more difficult to qualify. Yet we were able to repeat sending three individual qualifiers to the meet, and we'll have the opportunity to score in four relays. It continues to show the positive direction East Bay swimming is heading."

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