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Women's NCAA Div. 1 Champs, Day 3 Finals: Coventry Wins 200 Back For Second Straight Year -- March 19, 2005

By Dan Mihalik

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 19. TO say that the 200-yard backstroke is Kirsty Coventry’s event is an understatement. After all, she is the reigning Olympic Gold Medalist in the event.

The Auburn senior swam the second fastest race of all-time in the event, winning it for the second consecutive year in a time of 1:50.54. Her teammates Margaret Hoelzer and Jeri Moss finished the race in second and seventh place, respectively.

In third was Jessica Hayes of Arizona, while fourth and fifth places were taken by Florida teammates Leah Retrum and Maureen Farrell. In sixth was Kelly Harrigan of Rutgers, while Marshi Smith of Arizona finished in eighth place.

EVENT: 16 WOMEN's 200 Yard BACKSTROKE

NCAA Record: 1:49.52 NATALIE COUGHLIN CALIFORNIA 2002
AMERICAN Record: 1:49.52 NATALIE COUGHLIN CALIFORNIA 2002
US OPEN Record: 1:49.52 NATALIE COUGHLIN CALIFORNIA 2002
POOL RECORD: 1:58.06 SARAH McCAULEY WISCONSIN 2003
QUALIFYING FOR "A" CUT: 1:58.24

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) COVENTRY, KIRSTY SR AUBURN 1:53.54 1:50.54**
:26.49 :27.95 :28.17 :27.93
** POOL RECORD:
2) HOELZER, MARGARET SR AUBURN 1:54.02 1:52.14
:26.60 :28.03 :28.47 :29.04
3) HAYES, JESSICA SR ARIZONA 1:55.05 1:54.56
:27.43 :28.55 :29.19 :29.39
4) RETRUM, LEAH SO FLORIDA 1:55.69 1:55.17
:27.89 :28.62 :29.45 :29.21
5) FARRELL, MAUREEN SR FLORIDA 1:55.25 1:55.41
:27.40 :28.82 :29.56 :29.63
6) HARRIGAN, KELLY JR RUTGERS 1:55.85 1:55.81
:27.24 :29.37 :29.90 :29.30
7) MOSS, JERI JR AUBURN 1:55.41 1:56.80
:27.48 :29.26 :30.22 :29.84
8) SMITH, MARSHI JR ARIZONA 1:55.72 1:57.02
:27.43 :29.21 :30.12 :30.26

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) SILVER, HELEN JR CALIFORNIA 1:56.18 1:55.88
:27.81 :29.18 :29.73 :29.16
10) WYCLIFFE, ELIZABETH JR TEXAS 1:56.07 1:55.95
:27.73 :29.07 :29.28 :29.87
11) VOLCAN, ERIN JR AUBURN 1:56.81 1:56.48
:27.53 :28.70 :29.68 :30.57
12) WHITE, BRIELLE JR VIRGINIA 1:57.25 1:56.54
:27.64 :29.61 :29.41 :29.88
13) McGREGORY, HAYLEY FR TEXAS 1:57.49 1:56.67
:27.33 :29.32 :29.97 :30.05
14) FARGUS, JO SR SOUTHERN CAL. 1:56.87 1:56.81
:28.01 :29.55 :29.91 :29.34
15) VERDIN, EMILY FR CALIFORNIA 1:57.25 1:58.02
:28.20 :29.32 :30.10 :30.40
16) JOHNSON, SUSAN SO WISCONSIN 1:57.72 1:58.67
:27.73 :29.45 :30.42 :31.07 Kirsty Coventry qualifies first in 200 Backstroke