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Swimming Breaks Records On Day Two of NCAAs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 16, 2012
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March 16, 2012

AUBURN, Ala. -


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Arizona Women’s Swimming had another exciting performance in the second day of the NCAA Championships as the Wildcats broke three school records and saw impressive finishes from two more relay teams.

During the preliminary session, senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) swam the 200 free in a time of 1:42.91, breaking Lacey Nymeyer’s previous record of 1:43.33 set in 2007. She earned a fourth-place finish in the finals for the 13th All-American honor of her career.

Later in the day, sophomore diver Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa.) earned a third-place finish on the 3m board with a score of 379.75, shattering Tiffany Manning’s record of 343.75 set in 2006.

In the last race of the day, Arizona’s 800 free relay team of Anderson, sophomores Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) and Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) and junior Monica Drake (Bloomington, Ill.) recorded a time of 6:58.36 to break Arizona’s record in the event set in 2009. The quartet finished the event in third place behind Georgia and California.

The Wildcats also found success in the first race of the day, kicking off the round’s finals with a runner-up finish in the 200 medley relay behind juniors Chelsey Salli (Vancouver, B.C.) and Lauren Smart (Charlotte, N.C.), Denninghoff and Geer.

Denninghoff gave Arizona another top-four finish as she swam the 100 back in a time of 51.62 to give her a fourth-place finish. In addition to breaking records, the 800 free relay team capped off an impressive night and moved the Wildcats up to a third-place tie with USC and only 19 points behind Georgia in second place after the 14th event.

“The contribution from Sam on the 3-meter really made the night great,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “We started off a little more slowly than we had hoped in the morning, but really came around at night again. We have positioned ourselves in a tie for third and we are getting closer to our goal.”

The championships will conclude on Saturday with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. Events will include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and 400 free relay.

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200 Medley Relay

2. Denninghoff, Salli, Smart, Geer – 1:35.71

200 Free

4. Alyssa Anderson – 1:43.52

100 Back

4. Sarah Denninghoff – 51.62

10. Lauren Smart – 52.26


3. Samantha Pickens – 379.75

800 free relay

3. Anderson, Geer, Denninghoff, Drake – 6:58.36

Margo Geer P12 WOTY