Mount Union junior Dana Lautenschleger (Solon/Solon) has qualified for the NCAA Swimming Championships in both the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle for the second straight year which will be held March 15-18 at the Conroe ISD Natatorium in Shenandoah, Texas.
Lautenschleger is seeded 8th in the 1650 freestyle (17:01.68) which be on Saturday, March 18 and 13th in the 500 freestyle (4:57.33) on Wednesday, March 15.
She won both events at the Ohio Athletic Conference Championship meet and set new conference and school records in the 1650 on her way to being named OAC Women's Swimmer of the Year for the second straight year.
She was an All-American in the 1650 last year with a 15th place finish at the NCAA Championships.
The top 20 qualifiers in each event earned bids into the NCAA championship meet.
Once in the meet, each swimmer may compete in more optional events up to a maximum of three.
Lautenschleger will also compete in the 200 freestyle. She is seeded 42nd in the event as she won the OAC title with a conference-record time of 1:53.75.
A total of 527 participants (479 swimmers and 48 divers) will compete in the championships.
She is the lone female representative from the OAC. Mount Union's Tyler Moore (Amherst/Steele) swam in the meet a two years ago and Lautenschleger, who is swimming in the meet for a second straight year, is the first Raider female qualifier since diver Mary Vallinger in 2009.
The preliminaries will begin each day at 10 a.m. with the finals starting at 6 p.m. each night.
The top eight placers in each event earn All-America honors and placers 9-16 earn Honorable Mention All-America accolades.