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Gustafsdottir Gaines Valuable Experience in First NCAA Event
          Release: 03/15/2012
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AUBURN, Ala. (March 15, 2012) - FIU freshman swimmer Johanna Gustafsdottir competed in her first NCAA Championships event, the 200 IM, with a time of 2:00.58, falling short of qualifying for the finals.

"It was a solid first swim of the NCAA Championships for Johanna," said FIU Head Swim Coach Randy Horner. "Although it wasn't the best time, for this being the prelims and her first time competing on the big stage in college swimming, we'll sure take it. This is something she can build on and get better as we move ahead to the next event, the 100 Backstroke."

Gustafsdottir will swim in her second event of the championships, the 100 Backstroke, tomorrow, March 16.

The experience in the NCAA Championships will pay dividends for Gustafsdottir as she is scheduled to return home to her native Iceland in three weeks to swim in the Iceland Nationals with hopes of representing her country in the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, England.

Fans interested in following the action can check out the preliminary sessions each of the three days and finals on Thursday night (the direct links can be found below). ESPN has the rights to stream Friday and Saturday finals and will do so at

Thursday Finals:

Thursday Prelims:

Friday Prelims:

Saturday Prelims:

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Courtesy: John Meara
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