Aug. 6, 2010
IRVINE, Calif. – UA swimmer Annie Chandler sealed a bid on the U.S. swimming team for the Pan Pacific Games on Thursday night, finishing second overall in the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1:08.07.
Chandler, who won the NCAA championship in the 100-yard breaststroke in March, setting a new NCAA record in the process, finished second to Olympic gold medalist Rebecca Soni. Soni blew the rest of the field away Thursday night with a blistering 1:05.73.
“When I looked at my time and I saw 1:08, I thought there was no way that made the team,” Chandler told the San Antonio Express News.
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For Chandler, earning a spot on Team USA is another remarkable accomplishment for the year in which she has already won numerous accolades. In May, the San Antonio native was named the Phoenix Women’s Sports Association’s 2010 Athlete of the Year following her successes at the NCAA Championships. Equally important, Chandler gets it done in the classroom as well, earning First Team Academic All-American kudos from CoSIDA in June.
She will now be apart of the team of 26 women chosen to represent the United States against Australia, Canada and Japan later this month. Joining her on the national team will be Tucson Ford Dealers Aquatics teammates Christine Magnuson and Mike Alexandrov. Magnuson won the 100-meter butterfly and Alexandrov won the 100-meter breaststroke on Tuesday.
A few other UA swimmers doing well at the U.S. national championships include Adam Small and A.J. Tipton who each qualified for final heat swims in the 50 free and 200 fly, respectively. Additionally, seniors Marcus Titus and Clark Burckle finished fourth and seventh respectively in Tuesday’s 100-meter breaststroke.