Wildcats in fifth place after second day of championships
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. (Mar. 16, 2001) -- The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team remained in fifth place after the second day of competition at the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Auburn holds on to the top spot with 265 points followed by Georgia (261), Stanford (254.5) and Texas (229.5). The three day event is being held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y.
Wildcat junior Sarah Tolar won her first individual NCAA championship tonight in the finals of the 200 freestyle. Tolar captured her title when she touched the wall at 1:45.21.
"It was an awesome swim and very well deserved. She (Sarah Tolar) swam a great race, it was the exact race stragedy she needed to swim. After being runner-up last year this was an amazing performance," said head coach Frank Busch.
In the finals of the 100 back sophomore Beth Botsford placed fifth with the time of 53.86. Sophomore Amanda Beard also placed fifth in her event, the 100 breast. Beard swam to the time of 1:00.43. Freshman Jessica Wagner competed in the consolation finals of the 100 breast and finished in 12th place overall (1:02.24).
Arizona's 200 medley relay team, made up of Botsford, Beard and juniors Amy Bouta and Michelle Engelsman, took home fourth place swimming to the time of 1:39.44. The 800 free relay team also placed fourth (7:11.49). The relay team consisted of junior Caroline Kilian, Tolar and juniors Katie Zimbone and Jenny Vanker.
"We had a great night as a team and we're going to see if we can keep it going tomorrow," said Busch.
Day two of the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships proved to be no different then day one when it came to records being broken. In the 200 medley relay the California Golden Bears broke the American record when they touched the wall at 1:38.44. Freshman Natalie Coughlin of California broke the NCAA record, the American record and U.S. Open record in the championship finals of the 100 back with the time of 51.23. Coughlin also broke the NCAA record in the championship finals of the 100 fly with the time of 51.18.
The final day of the competition will begin tomorrow at 11 a.m. EST. with preliminaries followed by the finals at 7 p.m. EST.