NCAA Division I Women's Championships: Day Two Prelims -- March 19, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 19. THE second day of swimming is underway at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships on the campus of Purdue University.

200 Medley Relay

Arizona's Justine Schluntz, Ann Chandler, Erin Campbell and Emma Darlington set a pool record in the event with a time of 1:36.61. That swim beat the 1:37.34 set by Wisconsin during the Big Ten Championships last month. Arizona will be looking for its third win in four years in the event. The Wildcats previously won the title in 2007 and 2008 before Georgia took the title back in 2009. Notably, Arizona and Georgia have been the only winners in the 200 medley relay since Georgia won in 2005.

Tennessee's Jennifer Connolly, Alex Barsanti, Kelsey Floyd and Michele King qualified second in 1:37.45, while Florida's Gemma Spofforth, Lindsey Rogers, Jemma Lowe and Sarah Bateman took third in 1:37.68. Spofforth led the way with a sparkling 24.03 50 back leadoff.

Virginia (1:37.79), California (1:38.13), Georgia (1:38.14), Wisconsin (1:38.56) and Stanford (1:38.62) made the top eight, and will shoot for the title this evening.

400 IM
Stanford's Julia Smit put her American record on notice after warming down during her freestyle in the distance medley en route to a pool record time of 4:04.41. Smit shut it down in the freestyle led, and still beat Kirsty Coventry's facility standard of 4:04.48 set in 2005.

Smit will be going for her third straight victory in the event, which would tie her with Auburn's Maggie Bowen, Florida's Tracy Caulkins and Southern California's Kristine Quance for most 400 IM titles.

Florida's Teresa Crippen (4:05.72), Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger (4:05.75), USC's Katinka Hosszu (4:06.35), Georgia's Jana Mangimelli (4:07.82), Indiana's Ashley Jones (4:09.12), Virginia Tech's Erika Hajnal (4:09.33) and California's Heather White (4:09.84) earned the rest of the championship heat spots.

North Carolina's Laura Moriarty checked in with the top time for consolation seeds with a 4:09.99.

In the team race, Stanford went 1 up/1 down, Georgia went 1 up/0 down. California also went 1 up/1 down.

100 Fly
Southern California's Lyndsay DePaul earned the top seed in the event with a 51.67, while Stanford's Elaine Breeden took second in 51.69. Defending champion Amanda Sims of California qualified third in 52.21.

Western Kentucky's Claire Donahue struck a big note for the mid-majors with a fourth-seeded time of 52.24, while Georgia's Anne-Marie Botek placed fifth in 52.34. Michigan's Margaret Kelly (52.36), California's Hannah Wilson (52.37) and Arizona's Erin Campbell (52.41) grabbed the last big final transfer spots. Stanford's Stefanie Sutton earned the top seed in the consolation heat with a 52.45.

In the team race, Stanford went 1 up/2 down, Georgia went 1 up/1 down, California went 2 up/0 down and Arizona went 1 up/2 down.

200 Free
Georgia made a big move in the 200 free by going three up and one down. Allison Schmitt clocked a pool record time of 1:43.29 to lead the way. Her performance beat the 1:44.14 set by former Bulldog Mary DeScenza back in 2005. Teammate Morgan Scroggy took second in 1:43.41, also under the previous facility mark. Arizona's Leone Vorster finished third in 1:44.41.

Texas A&M's Julia Wilkinson (1:44.62), Georgia's Megan Romano (1:44.70), Virginia's Lauren Perdue (1:44.83), Stanford's Kate Dwelley (1:44.93) and California's Sara Isakovic (1:45.14) also made the championship finale. Virginia Tech's Katarina Filova led the consolation heat with a 1:45.25.

Georgia put 3 up and 1 down, while Stanford had 1 up. Cal picked up some strong points with a 1 up/1 down effort.

100 Breast
Arizona's Ann Chandler set a pool record, and improved upon her lifetime best with a scorching time of 58.97. The swim beat the former facility mark of 59.35 clocked by Jillian Tyler at the Big Ten Championships a month ago. Chandler also became just the eighth member of the 58 club in the women's 100 breast. She moved from an 11th-place tie with her former best time of 59.18 up to eighth, behind Megan Jendrick's 58.78 set in 2009.

George Mason's Ashley Danner might provide some March Madness magic with a second-seeded time of 59.23, just off her personal best time of 59.06 set last month.

Texas A&M's Alia Atkinson qualified third in 59.84, while Minnesota's Jillian Tyler (59.97), Miami's Kelsey Vehr (1:00.07), Arizona's Ellyn Baumgardner (1:00.14), Arizona State's Rebecca Ejdervick (1:00.16) and Tennessee's Alex Barsanti (1:00.37) also earned their chance at the national title. Texas' Laura Sogar posted the top consolation seed with a 1:00.51.

Arizona went 2 up/0 down, while Stanford had no one qualify and Georgia went 0 up/1 down.

100 Back
Indiana's Kate Fesenko (formerly Zubkova) moved up to fourth all time in the event with a 51.32 in prelims. Her previous best had been a 51.52 set at the 2009 Big Ten Championships. Florida's Gemma Spofforth, the defending champion, qualified second in 52.04, while Tennessee's Jennifer Connolly placed third in 52.20. The trio makes up three of the top five swimmers of all time in the event.

Southern California's Presley Bard (52.22), Arizona's Ana Agy (52.25), Wisconsin's Maggie Meyer (52.29), Virginia's Mei Christensen (52.39) and Lauren Smart (52.55) also made the big final. Arizona's Justine Schluntz and Kansas' Iuliia Kuzhil turned in the fastest consolation heat times with matching 52.60s.

In the team race, Arizona went 1 up/2 down, while Virginia went 2 up/0 down. Georgia did not qualify anyone, while Stanford went 0 up/1 down.

Three Meter Diving
Houston's Anastasia Pozdniakova will be looking for her second title of the meet after posting a pool record tally of 390.10 to lead qualifying. That effort beat the 386.60 set by Kelci Bryant of Minnesota a month ago at Big Tens. Purdue's Casey Matthews qualified second with 380.95 points.

USC's Victoria Ishimatsu (351.75), Bryant (351.55), Florida's Kara Salamone (338.85), Texas A&M's Jaele Patrick (338.20), SMU's Audra Egenolf (333.00) and Texas A&M's Janie Potvin (327.70) also made the championship finale.

None of the teams in the team title race scored a point in diving today.

Team Race After Swimming
Arizona set itself up with five up and four down. Along with a likely win in the 200 medley relay, and Arizona is looking at gaining approximately 130 points tonight. Georgia also made a push with five up and three down, and could put up at least 110 points tonight, not counting the 800 free relay or diving. Defending champs California went four up and two down, while Stanford went three up and four down.

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Results: NCAA Division I Women's Championships

2010WNCAADI Julia Smit places first in the 400 IM prelims at the 2010 Women's NCAA Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010WNCAADI Kate Fesenko places first in the 100 backstroke prelims at the 2010 Women's NCAA Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010WNCAADI Ann Chandler places first in the 100 Breastroke prelims at the 2010 Women's NCAA Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

2010WNCAADI Allison Schmitt places first in the 200 freestyle prelims at the 2010 Women's NCAA Championships.
Photo By: Peter H. Bick

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