March 18, 2004
College Station, Texas. - The No.6 Arizona women's swimming and diving team completed the first day of competition at the 2004 NCAA Championships in third place with 86 points. Junior Emily Mason was crowned the 2004 NCAA Champion in the 400-meter freestyle setting an NCAA record with a time of 4:01.58. Mason now holds the second fastest time in the world for the 400 free.
"I can't believe that I won tonight, I am so excited. First of all, this was my first time to actually make the finals in the 400 free and I was incredibly late to the start of the race. That got my adrenalin running pretty good and it didn't give me time to settle down and think about the race too much. So maybe I should be late every time!"
Freshman Whitney Myers made her debut at the NCAA Championships finishing third in the 200-meter individual medley with a time of 2:10.23. The 400-meter medley relay team of sophomore Marshi Smith, senior Jessica Wagner, Myers, and junior Jessica Hayes also finished third with a time of 3:59.18.
The 200-meter freestyle relay team of Smith, sophomore Jenna Gresdal, Hayes, and sophomore Ryann Hackett finished ninth overall and first in the consolation finals with a time of 1:40.31.
In the diving well, senior Daniela Bemme finished 20th in the prelims of the 1-meter competition and freshman Mary Yarrison was 32nd.
Competition will resume on Fri. March 19 at the Texas A&M Student Recreation Center Natatorium in College Station, Texas. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m. (CST).