March 20, 2014
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. – Sophomore Kaleigh Ritter swam her way to a new school record by speeding to a 4:44.36 finish in the 500 yard freestyle event on Thursday morning at the NCAA Women's National Championship Meet at the Minnesota Aquatic Center.
Ritter set a new lifetime best with the finish of 4:44.36, improving upon her qualifying time of 4:46.99, which she set at the ACC Championships in late February. The sophomore swimmer broke former teammate Kelsey Herbst’s previous record time 4:45.82 (2013 Big East Championships). Ritter went into the NCAA Championship Meet ranked No. 63, but improved to finish 35th overall in the event standings.
Ritter is now the school record holder in the 500, 1,000 and 1,650 yard freestyle events. She will look to surpass her own record this Saturday morning when she is set to compete in the 1,650 free on the final day of championship competition, which is slated to begin at 11 a.m. that day.
“Kaleigh stepped it up today on the biggest stage in swimming–the NCAA Championships Meet,” Head Coach Chuck Knoles said. “She was aggressive in her swim and it paid off with a personal best by over two seconds and a new school record. We are pleased and proud of her development this year and she is only a sophomore. There is a lot more success ahead for Kaleigh.”