Athens, Ga. ?- The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team fell to third place with 315 points after the second day of competition at the 2006 NCAA Championships, while tallying a fourth national title in the 400 individual medley.
Junior Whitney Myers posted her second individual national title in the 400 IM, setting new Gabrielsen Natatorium pool and Arizona school records with a time of 4:06.32. Myers’ victory marks the fourth NCAA title for the Wildcats, which is the most ever accumulated at the NCAA Championships in school history.
“I’m still stunned (that I won the race),” Myers said. “I’m really proud of how I did. I was hurting in the last 100 yards, but no guts no glory. This is the first time I have ever swam the 400 IM in a major meet.”
Beginning tonight’s action was the 200 medley relay who finished second after USC disqualified due to a false start. The team of senior Jenna Gresdal, senior Erin Sieper, freshman Lara Jackson and sophomore Courtney Cashion swam a time of 1:38.78 posting 34 points on the board for the Wildcats.
“We are just trying to take it one race at a time and fight for every race,” Sieper said. “I think the team swam this race well, we split well and I think we did the best that we could have done. I feel bad that Southern Cal disqualified, but by the same token, those couple of points could make a difference to us later.”
Sophomore Lacey Nymeyer finished fourth in the championship finals of the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.00 and sophomore Courtney Cashion placed 10th overall in the race with a time of 1:46.54.
Senior Erin Sieper finished seventh in the 100 breaststroke finals with a season best time of 1:01.30. Freshman Jessica Embick finished fifth in the consolation finals of the race, and 13th overall with a time of 1:02.31, while sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished 15th (1:02.45).
Gresdal later finished second in the 100 backstroke with a time of 52.74, while classmate Marshi Smith, who was the 2005 NCAA champion in the event, finished 12th with a time of 54.07.
Senior Tiffany Manning added to the women’s team score after finishing 13th in the 3-meter diving competition with 301.65 points.
The 800 free relay team of Myers, Nymeyer, Cashion and freshman Anna Turner concluded tonight’s competition by finishing second with a time of 7:07.38.
The championships will conclude tomorrow with preliminary action beginning at 11 a.m. (EST) and finals begin at 7 p.m.
Team Scores After Event 14
Florida 101Wisconsin 93