Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Maintains Lead after Day Two at NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 10, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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Minneapolis, Minn. ?- After the second day of competition at the 2007 Women’s Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships, Arizona remains in first place with 375 points, posting a 32 point edge over second place Auburn. The Wildcats also tallied two more national titles during this evening’s competition, while breaking six more records for a total of 14.


            Arizona currently has two individual and two relay champions after 14 events, as the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Hailey DeGolia, freshman Annie Chandler, sophomore Lara Jackson and sophomore Lindsey Kelly captured the first title of the night, breaking a second American record at the meet for the Wildcats with a time of 1:36.09.


 “Of course people have the ?'what ifs’ but life is not like that,” Jackson said.   “Everyone is definitely stepping it up and doing an amazing job. We are banning together and feeding off of each other. This team is doing stuff that just blows my mind. Coming into this meet, I did not expect this at all. It’s not that I didn’t think we were capable, just coming here last year and not even swimming in the finals. It’s just really fun I would say to come in and actually contribute to the team and break some American records, that’s pretty awesome.”


            Junior Lacey Nymeyer marked the second win for her team in the 200 free, taking her first individual NCAA crown of her collegiate carrier, while shattering the school record with a time of 1:43.49.


            “(Winning the race) felt amazing,” Nymeyer said. “It was something that you dream about, and tonight one of my dreams came true. All I could think about was my team; I wanted to build momentum for them because we are going to need all the help we can get, so that was for them.”


            Also in the 200 free, freshman Leon?© Vorster finished 15th with a time of 1:47.40.


            Senior Whitney Myers finished fifth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:08.27, while freshman Caitlin Iversen tied for 10th place with Indiana’s Allison Kay with a time of 4:12.30 and classmate Jenny Forster finished 12th (4:13.51).


            In the 100 fly, freshman Ana Agy finished fifth with a time of 52.46 and DeGolia finished sixth (52.60).


            DeGolia also finished second in the100 back with a personal best time of 52.60, while Agy placed fifth (53.66) and freshman Andrea Boritzke tied with Cal’s Sherry Tsai for 11th (53.93).


            Chandler finished second in the 100 breast, as she posted a personal best time of 1:00.03, while junior Jacquelyn Craft finished 12th (1:01.49) and sophomore Jessica Embick finished 13th (1:01.61).


            For the final event of the evening, the 800 free relay team of Nymeyer, Myers, Vorster and sophomore Anna Turner finished fourth with a time of 7:03.55.


            Competition will finish tomorrow at the University Aquatic Center with preliminary action beginning at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m.




 Records Broken after Day 2 (14 total/ 6 events)


200 free relay          Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner, Kelly          1:27.23    American, NCAA, U.S. Open, UM Pool, School

50 free                     Jackson                                                   21.73       School

200 IM                    Myers                                                     1:54.89    UM Pool

400 medley relay    DeGolia, Chandler, Myers, Nymeyer    3:30.89    School

200 medley relay    DeGolia, Chandler, Jackson, Kelly         1:36.09    American, NCAA, U.S. Open, School, UM Pool

200 free                   Lacey Nymeyer                                      1:43.49    School


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