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Scratch pushes Nevada's Donna dePolo into nationals in 100 breaststroke

Donna dePolo
Donna dePolo will swim at nationals. (Nevada athletics)

Nevada senior swimmer Donna dePolo has qualified to compete in the 100 breaststroke at this month's NCAA Championships in Greensboro, N.C.

dePolo, a Bishop Manogue High graduate, is the first Wolf Pack swimmer to individual qualify for nationals since Yawen Li in 2016. The last member of the Wolf Pack swimming and diving team to compete in nationals was diver Laura Isabel Vazquez Lopez in 2018. dePolo and San Diego State’s Klara Thormalm are the only two Mountain West competitors to make nationals this year.

“We are so excited for Donna to represent our program at the NCAA Championships,” head coach Brendon Bray said in a news release. “Her hard work has paid off. She is an outstanding representative of our university and community. We are thankful for Doug Knuth and our administration for giving us an opportunity to compete this year and for giving Donna a chance to make the national championships. We can’t wait to give Donna another opportunity to race.”

dePolo’s Mountain West Championship 100 breaststroke prelim time of 1 minute, 0.15 seconds was a school record and earned her a spot at nationals. It is the 41st best time in the nation this season. She also will compete in the 200 breaststroke based on her NCAA B cut marks during the MW Championships. dePolo’s 200 breaststroke time of 2:10.88 ranks 42nd in the nation. dePolo also has qualified for the Olympics trials, which will be held later this summer. It will mark her second Olympic trials appearance.

dePolo was pushed into the field 100 breaststroke field after North Carolina State's Heather MacCausland withdrew. MacCausland was the 36th seed in the 100 breast. Because she was scratched after the release of the official psych sheets, dePolo, the first alternate, was put in the field. As a result, she also will get to swim in the 200 since she will be at the event.

The NCAAs run from March 17-20.

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