Arizona’s Margo Geer Defends 100 Free Title In Near Record Fashion

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 22. ARIZONA’s Margo Geer held off Olympian Lia Neal of Stanford in one of the closest finishes in NCAA history with a win in the women’s 100-yard free at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Geer, who jumped to third all time in the history of the event with a 47.00 this morning, did what she needed to with a 47.10 to 47.17 win against Neal in the finale.

California’s Missy Franklin, who many assumed would walk out of the meet with the first 100-200-500 free sweep ever, ended her freshman year with a third-place 47.26. She still managed to make the top three in all three events, including an American record in the 200 free for the title.

Florida’s Natalie Hinds (47.40), Georgia’s Shannon Vreeland (47.60), USC’s Kasey Carlson (47.86), Stanford’s Maddy Schaefer (47.98) and Tennessee’s Lindsay Gendron (48.06) rounded out the championship heat.

The .07 difference for victory for Geer is just off the record .06 set by Lacey Nymeyer of Arizona with a 47.50 to 47.56 win against Julia Wilkinson of Texas A&M in 2008.

Georgia’s Olivia Smoliga blasted the B final with a 47.89 for the win. Wisconsin’s Ivy Martin took second in 48.02 with Utah’s Traycie Swartz earning third in 48.04.

Penn State’s Alyson Ackman (48.06), Texas A&M’s Lili Ibanez (48.21), California’s Rachael Acker (48.41), San Diego State’s Anika Apostalon (48.44) and Texas A&M’s Sammie Bosma (48.52) also made the consolation heat.

1 Geer, Margo SR Arizona 47.00 47.10 20
r:+0.73 22.52 47.10 (24.58)
2 Neal, Lia FR Stanford 47.42 47.17 17
r:+0.72 22.98 47.17 (24.19)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 434
2. California 340
3. Stanford 329
4. Texas A&M 253.5
5. Florida 209
6. USC 202
7. Tennessee 166
8. Texas 119
9. Virginia 117
9 Arizona 117

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Author: Jason Marsteller

Jason Marsteller is the general manager of digital properties at Swimming World. He joined Swimming World in June 2006 as the managing editor after previous stints as a media relations professional at Indiana University, the University of Tennessee, Southern Utah University and the Utah Summer Games.

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