March 23, 2002
AUSTIN, Texas -- The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team placed fifth at the 2002 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The Auburn Tigers were named the 2002 NCAA Champions, scoring 474 points. Georgia took home second place (386) followed by Stanford (301) and Southern California (300.05). The meet was held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center in Austin.
Arizona's 400y free relay squad edged out the Longhorns of Texas by six one-hundredths of a second when the Cats touched the wall at 3:16.74. Texas' relay team placed fourth with the time of 3:16.80. The Wildcats' relay consisted of senior All-Americans Jenny Vanker and Sarah Tolar, freshman Jessica Hayes and senior All-American Katie Zimbone.
In the championship finals of the 100y free Tolar touched the wall third with a career best time of 48.78.
The Wildcats had two swimmers in the championship finals of the 200y back, junior All-American Beth Botsford and Hayes. Botsford clocked a 1:55.06 and finished in fifth place, while Hayes swam to the time of 1:57.80 finishing in eighth place.
Freshman Emily Mason competed in the consolation finals of the 200y fly. Mason placed first with the time of 1:56.21.
Sophomore diver Claire Febvay placed 15th on the platform, scoring 363.35 points.
California sophomore Natalie Coughlin set three new records in the 200y back with the time of 1:49.52. The NCAA Record, the American Record and the U.S. Open Record. Coughlin owned the old record time of 1:50.90.
The Stanford Cardinal had a swimmer break a NCAA Record in two events, the 200y breast and the 200y fly. Sophomore stand-out Tara Kirk touched the wall in the 200y breast at 2:07.36, breaking Georgia's Kristi Kowal's NCAA, American and U.S. Open Records of 2:07.66. In the 200y fly Kirk swam to a 1:53.23, topping the old NCAA Record of 1:53.36 set by Liu Limin.
Georgia junior Maritza Correia broke the NCAA, American and U.S. Open Records in the 100y free with the time of 47.56. The old record time of 47.61 was set by Stanford's Jenny Thompson.
Georgia's 400y free relay team broke the NCAA, American and U.S. Open Records with the time of 3:13.71. The old records were held by Texas with the time of 3:14.52.