Jones and Grant Head to NCAA Championships

Sophomore Rachel Grant and All-American senior Tawni Jones will represent the Cougars this week at the women's swim and dive NCAA National Championships. (Photo by Mark Philbrick/BYU Photo)

PROVO -- Junior swimmer Rachel Grant and senior diver Tawni Jones will be representing BYU at the Women’s NCAA National Swim and Dive Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. March 18-20.

“Rachel and Tawni have both had incredible seasons in their respective events,” said BYU head coach Tim Powers. “We are excited to see how they will perform on the national level.”

Grant was named Swimmer of the Year along with Meghan Zimmer of San Diego State at the Mountain West Conference Championships. Grant won two titles at MWC Championships in the 400 individual medley and 200 fly, as well as placing second in the 200 IM – she will compete in all three events at Nationals. Grant tallied 21 first-place finishes during the dual meet season – more than any other Cougar on the season.

At the NCAA Zone E Diving Championships, Jones finished third on the 1-meter board (597.85) and fourth on the 3-meter board with a final score of 610.15 points to qualify her for Nationals. At MWC Championships, Jones won both the 1-meter and 3-meter titles, as well as MWC female Diver of the Year. Tallying 14 first-place finishes and six MWC Diver of the Week honors, Jones led her Cougars to the fourth MWC title in four years.

Jones and Grant can be followed at the championships on video at the NCAA website by clicking HERE.

Below are a list of times and events in which Grant and Jones will be competing.


Thursday, March, 18 - 11:00 a.m. - Preliminaries

Event No. Event

3 200-yard Individual Medley

5 One-meter diving - prelims (1:30 p.m.)

Thursday, March, 18 – 7:00 p.m. - Finals

Event No. Event

3 200-yard Individual Medley

5 One-meter diving – finals

Friday, March, 19 – 11:00 a.m. - Preliminaries

Event No. Event

8 400-yard Individual Medley

13 Three-meter diving – prelims (1:30 p.m.)

Friday, March, 19 – 7:00 p.m. - Finals

Event No. Event

8 400-yard Individual Medley

13 Three-meter diving – finals

Saturday, March, 20 – 11:00 a.m. - Preliminaries

Event No. Event

19 200-yard Butterfly

Saturday, March, 20 – 7:00 p.m. - Finals

Event No. Event

19 200-yard Butterfly