LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team placed fifth with 304 total points to finish the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Georgia took home first place with 389 points, while Stanford finished in a close second with 387.5 points. Texas (350.5) and Auburn (324) placed third and fourth respectively. The competition was held at the Nassau Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y.
For the second consecutive night Arizona captured first place in a championship final. Sophomore Amanda Beard is the 2001 NCAA champion in the 200 breast (2:09.09). Beard took the race in the last 25 yards to out touch Stanford freshman Tara Kirk by nine one hundredths of a second.
"This was a good way for me to end the meet. It was a good race and a good way to go out. The race and the meet have been a lot of fun for our team," said Beard.
Wildcat sophomore Beth Botsford participated in the championship finals of the 200 back tonight. Botsford finished the race in second place and swam to the time of 1:55.65.
In the consolation final of the 100 free junior Jenny Vanker placed first (ninth overall) with the time of 49.47. Junior Erin Vogt swam in the consolation of the 200 fly and also placed first (ninth overall) when she touched the wall at 1:58.68.
The Cat's 400 freestyle relay team, made up of Vanker, and juniors Caroline Kilian, Sarah Tolar and Michelle Engelsman, grabbed third place in the championship finals of the event. Arizona's relay swam to the time of 3:17.26 to finish the meet.
Senior diver Lindsay Berryman took home eighth place on the 10 meter tonight, scoring 373.90 points. Fellow senior Adrian David scored 353.35 points on the 10 meter to place 16th.
Arizona head coach Frank Busch said, "We're a little disappointed maybe that we didn't finish in the top four, but knowing the adversity that our squad faced this year it was nice to see them work hard and finish in fifth place. It is very difficult for me to put into words the effort the women put in to this meet, it was just tremendous."
California Golden Bear freshman Natalie Coughlin broke four records tonight in the championship finals of the 200 back. Coughlin swam to the time of 1:51.02 breaking the nine year old NCAA meet record, the NCAA record, the American record and the U.S. Open record.
Breaking three more records during tonight's competition was the Texas 400 freestyle relay team. The team broke the NCAA record, the American record and the U.S. Open record when they finished the race in the time of 3:14.52.