March 20, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - After two days of intense racing, the Arizona Wildcats sit in third place going into tomorrow night's final round of events. California is currently the leader with 302 points followed by Georgia with 295.5.
Julie Stupp placed fifth in the championship heat of the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:02.99. Stupp gained ground on leader Julia Smit in the breaststroke leg, but down the stretch Stupp couldn't reel Smit in. Showing how fast the race went, Stupp's time of 4:02.99 shattered the UA school record previously held by Whitney Myers' time of 4:06.32.
The duo of Ana Agy and Hailey DeGolia posted times of 51.96 and 52.61 respectively in the finals heat of the 100 butterfly. DeGolia was the early leader after 50 yards but couldn't hold it while Agy looked to turn it on late and finished fifth. DeGolia earned eighth for Arizona.
Lara Jackson took second in the 100 fly consolation final with a time of 52.30. Jackson will swim in the 100 free and 400 free relay tomorrow in what will be her last collegiate events.
Justine Schluntz was the early leader in the championship heat, but was passed up by through the final 50 and placed seventh with a 1:44.13 showing. After a motivated prelim swim, Taylor Baughman and Leone Vorster placed fourth and seventh respectively to keep the points rolling for the Cats. Baughman had a time of 1:45.05 while Vorster was in at 1:46.10.
U.S. National Teammates Chandler and USC's Rebecca Soni battled down the stretch in the 100 breast as the race was tight throughout. Over the last 25 yards, Soni pulled away from the crowd and defended her NCAA title set last year. Chandler finished with a time of 59.24, good for fourth overall.
Agy and DeGolia teamed again in the 100 backstroke with Agy going 51.65 and placing third and DeGolia taking seventh place with a time of 52.08.
While the false start in the 200 medley relay has hurt Arizona's chances at the NCAA title, the Cats are still in the hunt. With the top three teams separated by only 19.5 points, whoever has the best day tomorrow will win the title.
Standings through day two
1. California - 302
2. Georgia - 295.5
3. Arizona - 282.5
4. Stanford - 213.5