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Swim and Dive Break Records after Day One of Texas Invite
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 12/01/2006
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            Austin, Texas- The No. 2 Arizona women’s swim team and the No. 6 men’s team completed the first day of competition at the 2006 Texas Invitational Thursday, with both teams in first place with 500 points apiece. The Wildcats set four new school records and posed a combined total of 17 automatic qualifying times and 19 consideration times for the 2007 NCAA Championships.

 

            Beginning finals action was the 200 free relay comprised of sophomores Taylor Baughman and Lindsey Kelly, senior Kathryn Elofson and freshman Andrea Boritzke finished second with a consideration time of 1:31.21 after the team of Kelly, sophomore Lara Jackson, sophomore Anna Turner and junior Lacey Nymeyer posted an automatic qualifying time of 1:28.81 during this afternoon’s prelims.

 

            Nymeyer posted the first victory for the women’s team in the 500 free with an automatic qualifying time of 4:42.68, while freshman Joni Zimmerman finished second in the ?'B’ final and 10th overall (4:47.67).

 

            Four Wildcats qualified for the championship finals of the 100 fly as senior Whitney Myers finished first with a school record-breaking time of 51.55. Freshman Ana Agy finished fifth with an automatic qualifying time of 53.49, while sophomore Hailey DeGolia finished sixth (53.76) and junior Brandy Collins finished eighth after automatically qualifying for the event during prelims.

 

            Myers took her second individual win in the 200 IM with an automatic qualifying time of 1:55.92, while DeGolia finished fourth with an automatic qualifying time of 2:00.42, freshman Jenny Forster automatically qualified for the event during prelims and finished sixth overall, and Boritzke finished eighth.

 

            Five Arizona women qualified for the championship finals of the 50 free, as Nymeyer won her second individual race with and automatic qualifying time of 21.13. Jackson set a new school record during prelims of this event (22.05) and finished second overall with an automatic qualifying time of 22.16, while sophomore Anna Turner finished fourth with an automatic qualifying time of 22.67, Kelly finished sixth and Baughman finished eighth.

 

            The 400 medley relay team of freshman Caitlin Iversen, freshman Annie Chandler, Myers and Nymeyer finished second with an automatic qualifying time of 3:35.30.

           

The men tallied a total of five first-place finishes, beginning with the 200 free relay team of junior Darian Townsend, senior Adam Ritter, freshman Joel Greenshields and freshman Jordan Smith, who won with a consideration time of 1:19.24. The team of junior Albert Subirats, Townsend, freshman Nicolas Nilo and Smith automatically qualified for the event during preliminary action (1:17.97).

 

Subirats later broke the school record in the 100 fly after winning with an automatic qualifying time of 45.06, while sophomore Nicolas Nilo finished sixth overall of (47.82) and junior Darren Maxwell finished 10th (48.93).

 

            Freshman Jean Basson automatically qualified for the 500 free, as he finished second overall with a time of 4:17.17 and junior Mat Biel finished sixth overall with a consideration time of 4:25.88.

            Adam Ritter broke a second school record for the men’s squad in the 200 IM, finishing first with an automatic qualifying time of 1:43.96. Townsend finished third with a consideration time of 1:46.22, while junior Bart Steninger finished sixth (1:48.61) and freshman Jack Brown finished seventh (1:48.92).

 

            Subirats won the 50 free as well, posting an automatic qualifying time of 19.57 and Nilo finished second (19.78).

 

            Ending tonight’s competition was the 400 medley relay team of freshman Jake Tapp, Barnes, Subirats and Ritter who finished first with an automatic qualifying time of 3:09.69.

 

            Competition at the Texas Invitational will continue tomorrow at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. Preliminary action will begin at 10 a.m. (CST) and finals start at 6 p.m.

 

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