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 March 3, 2014

BME Swimmer Heading to Nationals

A total of six athletes from the University of Rochester women's swimming team will be representing the Yellowjackets at the NCAA Division III National Championships in Indianapolis. The meet, taking place from March 19-22 at the IU Natatorium in Indianapolis, Indiana will feature three Rochester relay teams along with three individuals competing in four total events. The six total swimmers are the most sent to nationals by current Yellowjacket head coach Pete Thompson in a single season. All six swimmers will be competing for the first time at NCAA's. BME Senior Karen Meess will be competing in the 200 backstroke as well as swimming the leadoff (backstroke) legs of the two medley relay squads.

Karen says that she has had Nationals in mind her entire undergraduate swimming career. Karen, now a senior, will be heading to Nationals later this month. To finally achieve that goal after working towards it for four years is surreal, Meess said. When asked how she balanced swimming and her undergraduate studies in biomedical engineering, she says that she has always been passionate about swimming and when you have passion for something - you find time for it. Well said, Karen. Good luck and congratulations!