Samantha Harding  
Samantha  Harding

Class:
Senior

Hometown:
Las Cruces, NM

High School:
Las Cruces HS

Event:
Distance Freestyle


03/23/2013

Gophers Finish 10th at 2013 NCAA Championships

It marked the third time in program history that the Gophers finished in the top-10 nationally.

03/21/2013

Keefer Places Second in 1-Meter Diving at NCAA Championships

Minnesota is in 10th place through one day of competition at the NCAA Championships.

03/21/2013

NCAA Championships Day One Prelim Results

Eight swimmers advnace to tonight's finals.

03/19/2013

Minnesota Women's Swimming and Diving Set for NCAA Championships

The event will take place March 21-23 in Indianapolis, Ind.

03/06/2013

14 Gophers Make NCAA Roster

Minnesota has the second most competitors heading to Championships

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2014-15 Junior Season: Letter winner • At the 2015 NCAA Championships, Harding finished 18th in the 500 free and 21st in the 1650 free (3/19-3/21) • Finished 4th in the 500 free, 4th in the 1650 free and 7th in the 400 IM at the 2015 B1G Championships (2/19-2/21) • Finished 4th in the 100 breast at the 2015 Minnesota Challenge (2/7) • At the B1G Triple Dual, Harding finished 9th in the 400 IM, 10th in the 500 free and 6th in the 1000 free (1/30-1/31) • Placed 5th in three events at N.C. State including the 400 IM, 500 free and 100 free (1/23-1/24) • Placed 2nd in the 1000 free at Hawaii (1/7) • During the 2014 Jean K. Freeman Invite, Harding finished 29th in the 100 fly, 9th in the 200 breast, 31st in the 50 free and 7th in the 200 back (12/5-12/6) • Harding placed 20th in the 200 free, 11th in the 400 IM and 7th in both the 500 free and 1650 free at the 2014 Arena Grand Prix at Minneapolis (11/20-11/21) • Finished 3rd in the 500 free and 4th in both the 400 IM and 1000 free at Florida (11/8) • Took 2nd in the 500 free and 3rd in the 1000 free vs. Iowa (10/31) • Placed 3rd in the 200 free against North Dakota (10/24) • Against Wisconsin, Harding finished 3rd in the 1000 free (10/17) • Finished 1st in both the 500 free and 1000 free at Arizona State, and also placed 6th in the 100 breast (10/4).

2013-14 • Sophomore Season:
Two-time All-American Honorable Mention at the 2014 NCAA Championships where Harding placed 12th in the 500 Free, 35th in the 400 IM and 12th in the 1650 Free (3/20-3/22) • Finished 2nd in the 500 Free, 6th in the 400 IM and 2nd in the 1650 Free at the 2014 B1G Championships (2/19-2/22) • Placed 8th in the 200 Free at the Minnesota Challenge (2/7-2/8) • Finished 5th in the 500 Free, 8th in the 400 IM, and 3rd in the 1000 Free at the Triple Dual against Purdue and Wisconsin (1/31-2/1) • Took 8th in the 400 IM, 1st in the 1000 Free, 5th in the 500 Free, and 7th in the 200 Medley Relay vs. NC State (1/24-1/25) • At Hawaii, Harding placed 3rd in the 1000 Free (1/11) • Took 3rd in the 200 Breast and 2nd in the 800 Free Relay at the 2013 Jean Freeman Invite (12/6-12/7) • Competed at the 2013 Grand Prix in Minneapolis (11/14-11/16) • Finished 2nd in the 1000 Free vs. Iowa (11/1) • Vs. Wisconsin, Harding placed 5th in the 400 IM, 4th in the 500 Free, 3rd in the 800 Free Relay, and 3rd in the 1650 Free (10/18-10/19) • Placed 2nd in the 1000 Free and 3rd in the 500 Free against Michigan (10/11) • Finished 2nd in the 1000 Free against Arizona State (10/5).

2012-13 • Freshman Season: Competed in the 500 freestyle and 1650 freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Championships (3/21) • placed 32nd in the 1650 free (16:22.83) and 37th in the 500 free (4:45.67) • Second Team All-Big Ten • Big Ten Sportsmanship Award honoree • earned a second-place finish in the 400 IM (4:10.30), a third-place finish in the 500 free (4:40.24) and a fifth-place finish in the 1650 free (16:15.96) at the 2013 Big Ten Championships (2/20) • claimed the title in the 400 IM and finished second in the 100 breaststroke at the Minnesota Challenge (2/8)•notched a third-place finish in the 500 free, a fourth-place finish in the 1000 free and a fifth-place finish as a member of the 800 free relay at the Big Ten Quad Duals (2/1)• placed first in the 1650 free and second in the 500 free vs. North Dakota (1/25)• finished second in the 1000 free at Hawaii (1/12), and third in the event vs. both Iowa (11/2) and Wisconsin (10/26).

High School: Swam for the Wild West Aquatic Club coached by Luke Egnaczak Harding, who swims for the Wild West Aquatic Club coached by Luke Egnaczak • made the cut for the US Olympic trials in the 400 freestyle • also made the USA Swimming Senior National cuts in the 500, 1000 and 1650 freestyle and the 400 individual medley • placed 14th at the 2011 Junior National Championship in the 1500 freestyle • as a member of the Las Cruces High School team, Harding was named a NISCA High School All-American and was crowned a New Mexico State High School Champion on multiple occasions. 



Personal: Majoring in English.

Harding's Top Times:
500 free -- 4:38.08 -- 2014
1000 free -- 9:57.83 -- 2014
1650 free -- 15:58.12 -- 2014
400 IM -- 4:10:22 -- 2014