U of L has six top qualifiers
Albiero Named Coach of the Year; Kylliainen and De Lucca Most Outstanding Swimmers
Cards in lead going into final day
33 swimmers and all divers move forward
Pool records fall in prelims at the Ralph Wright Natatorium
Sophomore: Belcher's first year as a Cardinal was an influential one. She made the A-final in every event she swam at the BIG EAST Championship, swimming for 3rd place in the 200-IM, being the second fastest Cardinal in a time of 1:59.61, she had a faster prelim time of 1:59.35 earning a recognition as an All- BIG EAST performer. Belcher was one of four Cardinals in the 100-backstroke where she placed 6th in 54.74 just off her prelim swim of 54.53. Her final event at BIG EAST was the 200-backstroke where she was the second fastest Cardinal placing 4th in 1:56.70. At the Purdue Invite, Belcher placed 3rd in the 100- and 200-backstroke swimming at a time of 55.55 and 1:59.84 respectively. She also placed 6th in the 200- and 400-IM in 2:03.47 and 4:24.42. Belcher was one of eight Cardinals to be chosen to compete at the SMU Classic where she swam the 100- and 200-backstroke and the 200-IM in a time of 56.29, 2;00.91, and 2:05.22 respectively. She qualified to swim at the Charlotte UltraSwim in May, where she made finals in every event she swam. Belcher finished 20th in the 50-meter backstroke in 30.93, 23rd in the 200-meter IM with a prelim time of 2:23.17, 30th in the 100-meter backstroke with a prelim time of 1:05.49, 31st in the 200-meter backstroke in 2:22.70, and 32nd in the 400-meter IM with a prelim time of 5:05.21. Belcher is apart of the Athletic Director's Honor Roll as well.
Freshman: Erica comes to U of L as a transfer from Auburn University. She handled the backstroke for the Tigers and qualified for the SEC's in both the 100- and 200-back.
Prep: Swimming for Reading High School, she was an 11-time Massachusetts state champion (four times in the 100-back, three times in the 200-IM, two times in the 400 Free Relay, 100-free, 200- Medley Relay). She was named an All-American in 2010 in the 200-IM and 100-back. Holds Massachusetts state record in 200-IM and 100-back. She qualified for US Nationals in 100- and 200-back and 200-IM. She also qualified for Junior Nationals in the 200-IM and 200-back. A two-time Boston Globe Swimmer of the Year, she was also a four-time Boston Globe/Boston Herald All-Scholastic Team member. A four-time Middlesex League MVP and team MVP, she is a four-time Reading Chronicle Swimmer of the Year. She was the captain of her Reading team that won its first state championship in 2010. Personal: Daughter of Charlene and Francis Belcher. Born April, 16, 1993. Major is exercise science.