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
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
“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
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 (
In the 50 free,
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
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
Records Broken After Day 1:
200 free relay Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner, Kelly 1:27.23 American,
200 IM Myers 1:54.89 Pool
400 medley relay DeGolia,