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COLUMBUS, Ohio -- The University of Delaware will participate in its second consecutive NCAA Women's Golf Regional this Monday through Wednesday when the Blue Hens compete in the Columbus Regional hosted by Ohio State.

The Blue Hens are one of 18 teams at the regional, which will be held on the par 72, 6,416-yard Scarlet Course at the OSU Golf Club. Delaware will be the 16th seed at the regional, along with (listed by seed) Florida, Florida State, South Carolina, Arkansas, Colorado, Texas A&M, Purdue, Ohio State, Michigan, San Jose State, Houston, Louisville, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Old Dominion, Missouri State and Cleveland State.

Additionally Loy Hee Ying of East Tennessee State, Camila Serrano of Florida International, Michaela Fletcher of Memphis, Emma Albrecht of Notre Dame, Kate Smith of Nebraska and Emie Peronnin of Minnesota will be competing as individuals at the regional.

The low six teams, and the low three individuals not on those teams, from each of the four regionals advance to the national championships, which will be held May 19-24 at Rich Harvest Farms in Sugar Grove, Ill.

Blue Hen sophomore Valentina Mueller will tee off at 9:09 a.m. on the 10th tee during Monday's opening round, followed by Grace Chua at 9:18 a.m., Ashley Dingman at 9:27 a.m., Vitoria Teixeira at 9:36 a.m. and Ariane Klotz at 9:45 a.m.

Delaware advanced to the NCAA Regionals for the second consecutive season after successfully defending its Colonial Athletic Association title with an 11-shot victory on Apr. 14-16. The Blue Hens posted a three-round total of 896 at Ford's County Country Club in Williamsburg, Va., as Klotz finished in third place while Dingman was eighth and Teixeira tied for ninth place.

Delaware, led by two-time CAA Coach of the Year Patty Post, has recorded six top five finishes on the season, while the team's 75.90 average round would be the lowest in the six-year history of the program. Klotz, a first team All-CAA selection and the CAA Rookie of the Year, leads the squad with a 74.90 stroke average, which would be the lowest single season average in school history. She has recorded a team-leading five top 10 finishes during the year, and has been the Blue Hens' top finisher in six tournaments.

Teixeira has notched four top 10 finishes and ranks second on the team with a 76.31 average round, while Mueller is third on the squad with a 76.42 stroke average. Dingman (77.45) and Chua (77.93) have also both appeared in all 10 invitationals during the season for Delaware.

MEDIA INFORMATION: Contact Kevin Tritt at: ktritt@udel.edu (email) / 302-831-8715 (office) / 302-383-5005 (cell)