March 19, 2004
College Station, Texas. - After the second day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Championships, the No. 6 Arizona women's swimming and diving team is in third place with 261 points. The Wildcats qualified seven individual swimmers and two relay teams in the championship finals for this evening's competition.
Starting things off for the women was 2004 NCAA Champion (400m free) junior Emily Mason who finished third in the 400-meter IM with a time of 4:35.38.
Three individuals qualified for the championship finals of the 100-meter backstroke for Arizona including junior Jessica Hayes who finished fifth (1:00.38), sophomore Jenna Gresdal in sixth (1:00.44) and sophomore Marshi Smith in seventh (1:00.54).
The 200-meter medley relay team of Smith, senior Jessica Wagner, freshman Whitney Myers, and Gresdal finished fourth with a time of 1:50.07. Myers also finished fourth in the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 58.06.
Hayes and freshman Melissa Johnson qualified for the championship finals of the 200-meter freestyle where Hayes finished sixth (1:58.30) and Johnson finished eighth (2:00.42). In the consolation finals of the 100-meter breaststroke, sophomore Erin Sieper finished first (1:07.76) and Wagner finished not far behind in second (1:08.22).
The 800-meter free relay team of Mason, Hayes, Myers and Johnson ended tonight's action with a third place finish in a time of 7:54.27.
In the diving well, freshman Mary Yarrison finished 14th in the 3-meter competition with 479.55 points.
The 2004 NCAA Championships will conclude tomorrow at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas. Preliminary action will begin at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m. (CST).