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1996 200 Freestyle Relay Team HOF
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 19, 2014
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1996 200 Freestyle Relay Team

1996 200 Freestyle Relay Team HOF
     In the spring of 1996, The University of Arizona Women's Swimming & Diving team showed up in a snow covered Ann Arbor Michigan for their National Championships. The women's team had gone an impressive 7 wins and no losses in the regular dual meet season that year, but had faltered a little bit during the Pac-10's finishing fourth. On the first day of NCAA Competition, Shannon Hosack, Liesl Kolbisen, Casey Legler and Ashely Tappin came together once again to swim the 200 freestyle relay. They finished the morning prelims with ease over Georgia and Minnesota to advance to the finals later that night. Arizona was assigned to lane 4 in the middle of the Stanford and Michigan teams. Everyone got off to a fast start, but Arizona found itself in third going into the final swimmer. Ashley Tappin was impressive and by the time she came off the wall for the final turn, she had caught the Stanford swimmer. Ashley touched the wall first beating Stanford and Georgia in not only a University of Arizona record, but also a pool record time of 1:31:09. The Wildcats had captured the first NCAA title of that Championship. 
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