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Leasure to swim the 200 breaststroke at NCAA Championships

INDIANAPOLIS -- Bates College senior captain Kara Leasure was selected Thursday to represent the Bobcats at the 2012 NCAA Division III Swimming & Diving Championships, to be held March 21-24 at the Indiana Natatorium in Indianapolis.

Leasure (Los Alamos, N.M.) will compete in the 200-yard breaststroke on March 24. She won the NESCAC title in the event on Feb. 19, finishing the final in 2:21.11 to break her own Bates record. She had also recorded a national consideration time of 4:35.58 in the 400 individual medley, and another in the 500 freestyle (5:04.09) -- remarkably unusual versatility.

"Her season was not easy, with many meets where one event was good and the other felt off," said Bates head coach Peter Casares, "and that was due in large part to her decision to train for all three while others focus on finding their rhythms in their best event.  She had many an up and down this year, and in the end that dedication to all three paid off with three national cuts in three very different events."

Leasure will be Bates' first representative at NCAAs since 2009, when the team sent Katelyn Drake '10, Charlotte Green '11 and Kelsey Lamdin '09.

A total of 521 participants (235 male swimmers and 22 male divers; 242 female swimmers and 22 female divers) will compete in the championships, which are hosted by Franklin College and the Indiana Sports Corporation. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered. Divers will be determined based on current season performances reviewed by the diving sub-committee. Selected divers will be published at NCAA.com on Tuesday.

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