Freshman Amanda Beard Breaks American Record in 100m Breaststroke as Arizona Swimmers Dominate Texas Invitational
Sophomore Roland Schoeman becomes fastest collegiate man in 50y freestyle
AUSTIN, Texas - After missing the American record by 19 hundredths of a second in the finals of the 100m breast, UA freshman Amanda Beard broke Megan Quann's 1998 American record time of 1:07.41, by swimming a time trial time of 1:06.67 on day two at the University of Texas Invitational. The time was also a U.S. Open record time (fastest ever on U.S. soil). The American record was only the second by a UA woman (Crissy Ahmann, 100 fly, 1991 and 1992) and only third ever by an Arizona swimmer, male or female.
Amanda swam amazingly and proved that she will be one of the top swimmers in the nation for the next four years, head coach Frank Busch said. All around, it was a great night for all of our swimmers.
Meanwhile, on the men's side, sophomore Roland Schoeman became the fastest collegiate swimmer ever in the 50y free, by swimming a time trial time of 19.07. With the time, Schoeman set a meet record, a pool record and bettered his school record for the second-straight night.
The women's team started quickly today as they notched five NCAA automatic qualifying times during the morning qualifying session and earned four more during the evening finals.
The highlight for the women came in the morning as Beard broke the school record in the 100y breaststroke, clocking an NCAA auto time of 1:00.64. Beard's time bettered Kelli King's 1992 mark of 1:01.34 and was the second school record that Beard has set during the fall semester.
In the evening session senior Trina Jackson clocked an auto time in the 200m free (1:59.72) and sophomore Emily Mastin will also be joining her at the NCAA Championships in March, after swimming a time of 2:00.06. Sophomore Jessamyn Miller (1:04.07, 100m breast) and sophomore Erin Vogt (4:46.03, 400m IM) rounded out the final NCAA automatic qualifying times of the night.
The 200y medley relay team of freshman Beth Botsford, Beard, sophomore Amy Bouta and sophomore Jenny Vanker also clocked a meet record and NCAA auto time (1:40.27), while sophomore Sarah Tolar notched an auto time in the 200y freestyle, by swimming a time of 1:46.93.
Another highlight from the morning session came in the 100y backstroke, as Botsford swam to a meet record and auto time of 53.80, while senior Denali Knapp also recorded an automatic qualifying time (54.82).
Other men's auto times came as the 200y medley relay squad of senior Matt Allen, senior Rob Henikman, Schoeman and senior Coley Stickels swam a meet record time of 1:27.00, while Allen clocked a time of 47.58 in the 100y backstroke.
Seven-time NCAA champion, senior Ryk Neethling also captured an auto time with his first place finish in the 200m freestyle (1:45.94).
The final day of the University of Texas Invitational concludes tomorrow with the prelims (yards) at 9:30 a.m. and the finals (meters) beginning at 3:00 p.m. (CST).