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Release: 03/09/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Minneapolis, Minn. ? </B>The first night of the 2007 Women&rsquo;s Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships was one of breaking records for the No. 4 Arizona women&rsquo;s squad. The 19-member team posted a total of eight new records, one relay title and one individual crown to take a 13 point lead over <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Auburn</st1:place></st1:City> with 168 points.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">Starting the action was the 200 free relay team of sophomore Lara Jackson, junior Lacey Nymeyer, sophomore Anna Turner and sophomore Lindsey Kelly, which defended their national title for the second straight year, while setting a new American record with time of 1:27.23. This victory marks the fifth all-time 200 free relay title for <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> and the first American record that has been counted in school history. The relay time also set new <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">NCAA</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place> Open, school and pool records.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">&ldquo;I feel like our team is really swimming the way that we prepared to swim, so I&rsquo;m really excited; the kids are doing a great job,&rdquo; head coach Frank Busch said. &ldquo;I think the next couple of days are critical because it&rsquo;s such a tight battle and <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Auburn</st1:place></st1:City> is such a great team. We will have to have a great morning tomorrow. The kids are really on their game right now.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">Senior Whitney Myers also defended her 200 IM crown, winning the event for the second year in a row with a time of 1:54.89, which is also a new pool record. </P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">&ldquo;I think I put a lot of pressure on myself because I have always been kind of the underdog pushing my way up to the top, and when you are their, it&rsquo;s a completely different place,&rdquo; Myers said. <SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>&ldquo;It&rsquo;s definitely a relief ( to win) and I would have liked to go a little faster, but like (<st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Georgia</st1:place></st1:country-region> head coach) Jack Bauerle said, a win is a win, and he&rsquo;s right. It feels great to defend my title.&rdquo;</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">In the 50 free, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jackson</st1:place></st1:City> broke her own school record for the second time today, finishing second overall with a time of 21.73. <st1:City w:st="on">Jackson</st1:City>&rsquo;s time was only two hundredths of a second behind <st1:country-region w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Georgia</st1:place></st1:country-region> senior Kara Lynn Joyce, who has won the event for the past three years. Nymeyer finished third in the race with a personal best time of 21.80, which improves her No. 2 position on the <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> all-time top performances list and Turner finished 15<SUP>th</SUP> overall with a time of 22.71.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">Along with Myers in the 200 IM, sophomore Hailey DeGolia finished seventh in the championship finals with a time of 1:54.89. Freshman Andrea Boritzke finished 10<SUP>th</SUP> overall in the event with a time of 1:58.52, while classmates Caitlin Iversen and Jenny Forster finished 12<SUP>th (</SUP>1:59.09) and 13<SUP>th</SUP> (1:59.18), respectively.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">Freshman Leon?? Vorster finished eighth in the 500 free with a time of 4:43.83, contributing 11 points to <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State>&rsquo;s total.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">For the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay team of DeGolia, freshman Annie Chandler, Myers and Nymeyer crushed the school record with a time of 3:30.89.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in">Competition will resume tomorrow at the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Aquatic</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType></st1:place> with preliminary action beginning at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m.</P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><o:p> </o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in; TEXT-ALIGN: center" align=center><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal">Records Broken After Day 1:<o:p></o:p></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 1.0in 3.0in 3.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">200 free relay <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner, Kelly <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1:27.23 <SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>American, <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">NCAA</st1:City>, <st1:country-region w:st="on">U.S.</st1:country-region></st1:place> Open, Pool, School<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 1.0in 3.0in 3.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">50 free<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Jackson</st1:place></st1:City><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>21.73<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>School<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 1.0in 3.0in 3.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">200 IM<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Myers<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>1:54.89<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>Pool<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; tab-stops: 1.0in 3.0in 3.75in"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 9pt">400 medley relay<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>DeGolia, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Chandler</st1:place></st1:City>, Myers, Nymeyer<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3:30.89<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>School<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P>
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