Samantha Harding  
Samantha Harding

Class:
Junior

Hometown:
Las Cruces, N.M.

High School:
Las Cruces HS

Position:
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

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 TimesYear • Event • Time

2014 • 500 Free • 4:38.05

2013 • 1000 Free • 10:00.76


2014 • 1650 Free • 15:58.12

2014 • 400 IM • 4:10.22