Locals compete in NCAA swim meet

Staff Reports

Carson High graduate Julie Hardt placed 25th in the 400-meter freestyle at the NCAA Women's Swimming Championships on Thursday in College Station, Texas.

Hardt, a senior at Georgia, who was seeded 32nd in the event, finished in four minutes, 11.03 seconds. Kate Hardt, a sophomore at Minnesota and another CHS graduate, placed 47th in 4:13.98 after being seeded 52nd in the event. Lauren Costella, another CHS graduate and Carson Tigershark who is a freshman at Stanford, finished 58th in 4:16.13.

Costella will also compete in the 400 individual medley and the 1,500 free, Julie will compete in the 200 and 1,500 freestyles and Kate will compete in the 200 and 100 freestyles in the meet, which continues through Saturday.


Ryan Costella, another CHS graduate and Tigershark and a senior for the Villanova men's swim team, is a finalist for the NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship, the most prestigous scholarship presented by the NCAA to graduate students. Costella has been accepted to Cambridge in England and plans to study international relations with an emphasis on Chinese relations. NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship winners will be announced in April.


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