NEW YORK – Columbia men’s swimming standout Adam Powell is headed to Minneapolis, Minn., this week, to take on the best swimmers in the nation. The senior, an Ivy League champion in both the 50 and 100 free and 400 free relay, will take part in the 2011 Men’s Swimming & Diving NCAA Championships, taking place March 24-26.
Powell, who qualified in the 50 free, is currently ranked 15th in the nation in the event, with a time of 19.62 seconds, which he swam in a time trial at the 2011 Ivy League Swimming & Diving championships. He was the Ivy League championship in the 50 free this year for the second year in a row, along with the 100 free for the second year in a row, the 400 free relay for the first time ever, and he came in second in the 100 back. Powell was also the recipient of the Harold Ulen Award as the Career High Point Swimmer.
Powell will take part in the preliminaries of the 50 free Thursday afternoon. The day’s events begin at 12 p.m., with the 200 free relay, 500 free and 200 IM taking place before the 50 free heats start. 64 athletes will be taking part in the preliminaries, with the top eight advancing to the championship final, and the next eight advancing to the consolation final.
Finals of Thursday’s preliminary events are scheduled to take place Thursday night, beginning at 7 p.m.