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Women Qualify Nine for Day Two Finals at the NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 18, 2005
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West Lafayette, Ind. ?- The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team completed day two of preliminary action Friday afternoon at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, qualifying nine swimmers to compete in tonight’s finals, which begin at 7 p.m. (EST). The Wildcats are currently in third place with 120 points.


            The 200-yard medley relay composed of junior Marshi Smith, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and junior Jenna Gresdal won the race with a time of 1:38.75, which is a new pool record and a season best time for the women.


            Senior Emily Mason took second place overall in the 400-yard individual medley with a personal best time of 4:11.67, qualifying her for finals and sophomore Emily Strouse finished 19th (4:18.68). Myers finished fourth overall in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 53.04 while junior Lisa Pursley finished 19th (54.11).


            In the 200-yard freestyle, senior Jessica Hayes finished sixth overall with a personal best time of 1:46.51. Freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished ninth overall to qualify for the consolation finals with a time of 1:46.99 and freshman Courtney Cashion placed 16th, which also qualifies her for the consolation finals. Sieper finished 17th in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:02.43.


In the 100-yard backstroke, Smith finished first with a time of 52.88 and Gresdal finished third (53.41), placing them both in the championship finals. Hayes also made the consolation finals in the event as she finished 15th (54.56).



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