COLUMBUS, Ohio The University of Arizona extended its lead after day two of competition at the 2008 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships held in Ohio State’s McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. The Wildcats have 361 team points after 14 events. Auburn is second with 244 points and Texas A&M sits in third with 227 points.
Arizona set another NCAA and U.S. record in the first event of the evening, the 200-yard medley relay, winning in a time of 1:35.29. Stanford (1:37.63) was second and Texas A&M (1:37.72) was third. The Wildcats broke the NCAA record of 1:36.09 they set in the NCAA finals last year.
“This year, we’re more experienced, and our girls came here to break records. In the relays, we’re three for three,” said Arizona coach Frank Busch after the race.
Stanford sophomore Julia Smit, who placed third in the event in the 2007 NCAA championships, won the 400 individual medley in a personal-best 4:02.41, the third fastest time ever for the 400 IM. “I was really excited to race my hardest,” said Smit. Ava Ohlgren of Auburn (4:04.07) was second and Washington freshman Ariana Kokors (4:04.82) finished third.
Christine Magnuson of Tennessee claimed the 100 butterfly in a time of 50.70. California’s Dana Vollmer (51.32) placed second and Hailey DeGolia (51.59) of Arizona was third.
“Tonight is just so much fun, whether I was first or eighth. I’m just glad it could end the way it did,” Magnuson said.
In the 200 freestyle, Florida senior Caroline Burckle was the winner in 1:43.10; Burckle was the champion of the 500 free Thursday night. “I’m really excited about it,” Burckle said. Arizona’s Lacey Nymeyer, a member of two record-setting relays, was second (1:43.33). Julia Wilkinson (1:43.64) from Texas A&M was third.
Rebecca Soni of Southern Cal was the winner in the 100 breaststroke in a time of 59.19. Minnesota freshman Jillian Tyler (59.87) placed second and Arizona’s Annie Chandler (59.98) was third.
“It’s good to finally have a 100 short-course championship,” Soni said.
Florida’s Gemma Spofforth captured the 100 backstroke title in 51.78; “At the beginning of the year, it was my goal to get the 100 back and the 200 back,” Spofforth said. Hailey DeGolia (51.89) of Arizona was second and Indiana sophomore Kateryna Zubkova (52.02) placed third.
On the three-meter springboard, homestanding Ohio State took first and second place. Junior Chelsea Davis was the national champion with a score of 365.82, while freshman diver Bianca Alvarez was the runner-up (354.50). Kathryn Kelly (353.15) of Texas was third.
“It is great to be able to show people what I can do here in the finals. And to win for Ohio State at home is awesome,” Davis said. “I was so happy for (Bianca). There was nothing I wanted more than to go one-two, either her or me.”
Friday’s events finished with the 800-yard freestyle relay, again won by Arizona in an NCAA championship record time of 6:58.69. Texas A&M (6:59.50) finished second in the relay and California (7:01.09) was third.
The NCAA Championships conclude Saturday. Prelims begin at 11 a.m. and finals begin at 7 p.m. Tickets are available online at www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com or for purchase at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion. Live results also are available on www.OhioStateBuckeyes.com.
Women’s Swimming and Diving
Top 10 Team Standings: 1) Arizona 361; 2) Auburn 244; 3) Texas A&M 227; 4) Stanford 212; 5) California 203; 6) Florida 178; 7) Georgia 133; 8) Tennessee 120; 9) Indiana 110; 10) Washington 82; Michigan 82.
Friday Event Winners: 200 medley relay Arizona 1:35.29; 400 individual medley Julia Smit (Stanford) 4:02.41; 100 butterfly Christine Magnuson (Tennessee) 50.70; 200 freestyle Caroline Burckle (Florida) 1:43.10; 100 breaststroke Rebecca Soni (Southern Cal) 59.19; 100 backstroke Gemma Spoforth (Florida) 51.78; Three-meter diving Chelsea Davis (Ohio State) 365.82; 800 freestyle relay Arizona 6:58.69.