LONG ISLAND, N.Y. -- The top-ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team is in fifth place with 87 points after the first day of the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Auburn leads the pack with 121.5 points followed by Georgia (112.5), Texas (107.5) and Stanford (96.5). The competition is being held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center and will resume tomorrow with preliminaries at 11 a.m. E.S.T. and finals at 7 p.m. E.S.T.
Arizona had two relay teams place in the top eight of the championships finals. To finish the first night of competition the Cat's placed third in the 400 medley relay with the time of 3:35.21. The team was made up of sophomores Beth Botsford and Amanda Beard and juniors Erin Vogt and Sarah Tolar. In the 200 freestyle relay juniors Michelle Engelsman, Jenny Vanker, Tolar and Amy Bouta touched the wall at 1:30.62 to take fifth place.
Individually for the Wildcats Engelsman placed eighth in the finals of the 50 free with the time of 22.76. Vanker competed in the consolation finals of the 50 free and placed second with the time of 22.78. Beard participated in the consolation finals of the 200 IM, she swam to the time of 1:58.27 and finished first.
On the first day of the 2001 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships four NCAA records, four American records and four U.S. Open records were broken. During the preliminaries of the 400 medley relay California freshman Natalie Coughlin broke her own U.S. Open record, the American record and the NCAA record in the 100 back leg of the 400 medley relay. Coughlin's split in the 100 back was 51.66. Texas broke all three records in the championship finals of the 200 freestyle relay when they swam to a time of 1:28.89. The third set of records broken took place in the championship finals of the 200 IM. Auburn sophomore Maggie Bowen broke all three records when she touched the wall at 1:55.49. In the 400 medley relay Stanford broke both the NCAA record and the U.S. Open record with the time of 3:32.43, while Cal broke the American record with the time of 3:43.83.
The second day of competition will begin tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 p.m. E.S.T. Finals will then start at 7 p.m. E.S.T. Saturday will be the last day of the meet and will follow the same schedule.