WILMINGTON,NC (WWAY) -- Cari Blalock graduated from New Hanover High School in 2010. She clearly competed at a different level when she swam in Wilmington. It turns out she's now going to compete at 2011 NCAA Division One Swimming & Diving Championships in Austin, Texas next month. For a collegiate swimmer that's as high as you can get.
Blalock is a freshman swimmer on the LSU swim team. Over the weekend she participated in five events in the SEC Championship in Gainesville, Florida. Her times in all five events turned out to personal best swimming times. Her times were also fast enough to qualify her for the NCAA Championship next month. The Wilmington resident will compete at the NCAA's in the 800 free relay, the 200 IM, the 400 IM, the 100 butterfly and the 200 butterfly. Her time in the 400 IM over the weekend broke the LSU school record. ( 4:12.46 )... Other times were:
100 fly 53.77
200 IM 1:58.79
200 fly 1:57.30