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Willis Swims 1000 to Start NCAA Championship

Sydney Willis
Sydney Willis

GENEVA, Ohio (March 11, 2020) – Sydney Willis kicked off Rollins women's swimming's run at the NCAA Division II Swimming Championship Wednesday, competing in the 1000-yard freestyle. 

The sophomore posted a time of 10:28.85 and finished 37th in the prelims. She came into the event seeded 39th and moved up two spots in the final standings. 

"Sydney had a consistent swim, but I think our take-away from day one is that we need to push harder," said Tars head coach Julianne Lehner. "We've put in all the work to be here, and we can race the competition that's here. The first race can be a tough one, so it's important to keep our focus on our events tomorrow." 

Rollins has a busy Thursday with Willis swimming the 400-yard IM and Beatriz Olivieri taking part in both the 100-yard butterfly and 200-yard freestyle. 

"First up, Sydney is in the 400 IM, then Bia is swimming in the 100 fly and 200 free back to back," added Lehner. "I think Sydney is ready and has lots to improve from her 400 IM at conference. For her, it will be all about executing the race strategy. Bia has been racing well in the 100 this year and I'm excited to see her speed tomorrow, then keep that momentum going to turn around and swim the 200 free." 

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