Pair of 'Bows head for NCAA swim, dive championships

Pair of 'Bows head for NCAA swim, dive championships

HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) - A pair of Rainbow Warriors are in Atlanta, Georgia this week, preparing to compete in the NCAA men's swimming and diving championships.

Swimmer Yuri Samouilich, a native of Modiin, Israel, will compete in his first NCAA swimming championship on Friday morning, weeks after winning gold in the 200 meter freestyle at the MPSF championships.

Samouilich hopes to perform well enough in preliminaries to swim in the finals in both the 100 and 200, scheduled for 6 p.m. on Saturday and Friday, respectively.

"I think that second swim for me would be great," said Samouilich. "To get to swim in the evening of the NCAA championship is great for every swimmer, so that's what I'm thinking about right now."

Samouilich's teammate, diver Amund Gismervik, is making his third appearance in the NCAA tournament. He also competed for Norway in the 2012 Olympics in London.

"All the experience you can get is beneficial when it comes to performing, just knowing yourself and how you perform, so having gone through it before is always good," said Gismervik.

The senior will compete in both the 3-meter and platform contests, beginning on Friday morning.

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