The Wildcats were in eighth place with 56 points coming into tonight’s competition after completing the first two races of the championships Wednesday night. While the 200 medley relay suffered a disqualification to start off the meet, the 800 free relay team of freshman Leon?© Vorster, senior Whitney Myers, junior Lacey Nymeyer and freshman Jenny Forster finished second with a time of 7:06.11.
Posting the first Pac-10 title of the meet for the Wildcats was sophomore Lara Jackson in the 50 free. Jackson tied with Cal’s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson’s own school record as well.
The 200 free relay team of Jackson, Nymeyer, sophomore Anna Turner and sophomore Lindsey Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.
In the first event of tonight’s finals action, Vorster finished second in the consolation finals (10th overall) of the 500 free with a time of 4:45.76.
Myers finished third in the 200 IM, posting the first of five NCAA automatic qualifying times with a time of 1:58.38. Sophomore Justine Schluntz finished sixth in the event (2:01.45), while freshman Andrea Boritzke finished ninth with an automatic qualifying time of 2:00.31.
Also in the 50 free, Nymeyer finished third with an automatic qualifying time of 22.29, while Turner finished 10th (22.91), Kelly finished 12th (22.98), and sophomore Taylor Baughman finished 13th (23.06).
The Wildcats will return to action tomorrow for day three of the Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will start at 6 p.m.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 7
1. Stanford 546.5
4. UCLA 359
5. USC 262
6. OSU 186
8. ASU 178