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Wildcats Take Early Lead at NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 09, 2007
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Minneapolis, Minn. ?- The first night of the 2007 Women’s Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships was one of breaking records for the No. 4 Arizona women’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 Auburn with 168 points.


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 Arizona and the first American record that has been counted in school history. The relay time also set new NCAA, U.S. Open, school and pool records.


“I feel like our team is really swimming the way that we prepared to swim, so I’m really excited; the kids are doing a great job,” head coach Frank Busch said. “I think the next couple of days are critical because it’s such a tight battle and Auburn is such a great team. We will have to have a great morning tomorrow. The kids are really on their game right now.”


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.


“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’s a completely different place,” Myers said.  “It’s definitely a relief ( to win) and I would have liked to go a little faster, but like (Georgia head coach) Jack Bauerle said, a win is a win, and he’s right. It feels great to defend my title.”


In the 50 free, Jackson broke her own school record for the second time today, finishing second overall with a time of 21.73. Jackson’s time was only two hundredths of a second behind Georgia 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 Arizona all-time top performances list and Turner finished 15th overall with a time of 22.71.


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 10th overall in the event with a time of 1:58.52, while classmates Caitlin Iversen and Jenny Forster finished 12th (1:59.09) and 13th (1:59.18), respectively.


Freshman Leon?© Vorster finished eighth in the 500 free with a time of 4:43.83, contributing 11 points to Arizona’s total.


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.


Competition will resume tomorrow at the University Aquatic Center with preliminary action beginning at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m.



Records Broken After Day 1:


200 free relay          Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner, Kelly          1:27.23            American, NCAA, U.S. Open, Pool, School

50 free                     Jackson                                                   21.73               School

200 IM                    Myers                                                     1:54.89            Pool

400 medley relay    DeGolia, Chandler, Myers, Nymeyer    3:30.89            School

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