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Day 3 NCAA prelims
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/23/2008
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COLUMBUS, Ohioˇ?An Arizona relay team and 10 individuals qualified for the Day 3 finals of the NCAA Womenˇ?s Swimming Championships, giving the Wildcats a good chance at their first national championship.

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Arizonaˇ?s two-day point total of 361 leads second place Auburnˇ?s 244 and third place Texas A&Mˇ?s 227.

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ˇ?Iˇ?m very impressed with the way the womenˇ?s team handled the morning session,ˇ± said head coach Frank Busch. ˇ?The third day of this meet can make or break a team and I am extremely please with the way the girls performed. Iˇ?m excited to see how they swim tonight.ˇ±

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The meet finals begin at 7 p.m. here, where snow has been falling outside the McCorkle Aquatics Pavilion on Saturday.

Again the Wildcats show their strength in the sprint freestyle events with five swimmers within the top 16 earning them a second swim in the 100 freestyle in tonightˇ?s finals. Senior Lacey Nymeyer and junior Anna Turner qualified for the finals with second- and sixth-seed times respectively. Juniors Taylor Baughman, Justine Schluntz and Lara Jackson earned spots in the consolation final for the event.

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In the 200 breaststroke, sophomore Annie Chandler chased NCAA record holder Rebecca Soni of USC to qualify for the finals with a time of 2:11.20. Wildcat senior Jacquelyn Craft and junior Jessica Embick posted ninth and 16th seeds to slide into the consolation final.

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Showing the teamˇ?s depth, Wildcat sophomores Caitlin Iversen, Andrea Bortizke and Ana Agy swam their way into the finals of the 200 backstroke. Iversen slipped in the finals of the event with the time of 1:54.93, while Boritzke and Agy earned fourth and eighth seeds in the consolation event.

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In the final event of the morning session, the 400 freestyle relay snuck into the finals with an eighth place seed and earned itself an outside lane in the finals.

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