March 21, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team is in fifth place with 82 points after the first day of competition at the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. Auburn takes first place with 153 points followed by defending National Champions Georgia (127), Texas (103) and Stanford (98). The three-day event is being held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
The Wildcats opened up the meet with a fifth place finish in the 200y free relay, touching the wall at 1:30.52. The relay team consisted of freshman Jessica Hayes, senior All-Americans Jenny Vanker and Sarah Tolar and sophomore Kristen Brennan. Three records were broken by the Georgia Bulldogs' 200y free relay squad, the NCAA Record, the American Record and the U.S. Open Record. The Bulldogs recorded a time of 1:28.74, topping the old record time of 1:28.89.
In the 200y IM Tolar clocked a 1:58.75 to finish fourth in the championship finals of the event. Maggie Bowen of the University of Auburn broke three records set by herself in last years NCAA Championship meet in the 200y IM. Last year Bowen set the NCAA Record, the American Record and the US Open Record with a time of 1:55.49, whereas this year she swam to a 1:53.91.
The Wildcat 400y medley relay team, made up of junior All-American Beth Botsford, sophomore Jessica Wagner, senior Maria Papadopoulou and Tolar placed sixth in the championship finals with the time of 3:37.10. Stanford's 400y medley relay team broke its own NCAA Record and U.S. Open Record of 3:32.43 along with California's American Record of 3:34.83 with the time of 3:31.74.
Vanker touched the wall at 22.93 to place fifth in the consolation finals of the 50y free. Georgia's Maritza Correi broke Amy Van Dyken's 50y free NCAA Record, American Record and U.S. Open Record of 21.77 when she clocked a 21.69 in the championship finals of the event.
Freshman Emily Mason placed second in the consolation finals of the 500y free relay. Mason swam to a time of 4:41.87.
Sophomore diver Claire Febvay places 15th on the one-meter springboard event.
The Championships will resume tomorrow with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m.