Emma Reaney Breaks American Record for Notre Dame’s First NCAA Title

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MINNEAPOLIS, Minnesota, March 22. THE most hyped head-to-head matchup of the meet proved to be more of a runaway victory as Notre Dame’s Emma Reaney nearly cleared 2:04 to win the women’s 200-yard breast at the NCAA Division I Women’s Championships.

Reaney dropped a ridiculously fast time of 2:04.06 to beat her previous American record of 2:04.43 from last month. That against Texas A&M’s Breeja Larson, who wound up tying for second overall with Katie Olsen of Stanford with matching 2:05.88s. That gives Reaney the top two times in the event’s history, while Larson finished her career without winning the 200 breast NCAA title despite owning four of the top 10 times ever.

Georgia’s Melanie Margalis (2:06.40), Texas A&M’s Ashley McGregor (2:06.53), Minnesota’s Kierra Smith (2:06.76), Milwaukee’s Emily McClellan (2:06.98) and Georgia’s Annie Zhu (2:07.98) finished fourth through eighth in the finale.

Utah’s Stina Colleou managed to win the B final in 2:08.35 with Virginia Tech’s Weronika Paluszek placing second in 2:08.51.

Virginia’s Laura Simon (2:08.69), Arizona’s Emma Schoettmer (2:09.22), Tennessee’s Molly Hannis (2:09.26), USC’s Andrea Kropp (2:09.44), Texas A&M’s Sycerika McMahon (2:09.72) and Duke’s Christine Wixted (2:11.68) picked up team points in the consolation heat.

1 Reaney, Emma JR Notre Dame 2:05.29 2:04.06N 20
r:+0.69 27.87 59.35 (31.48)
1:31.36 (32.01) 2:04.06 (32.70)
2 Olsen, Katie JR Stanford 2:07.28 2:05.88 16.5
r:+0.81 28.40 1:00.22 (31.82)
1:32.66 (32.44) 2:05.88 (33.22)
2 Larson, Breeja SR Texas A&M 2:05.03 2:05.88 16.5
r:+0.82 28.54 1:00.82 (32.28)
1:33.17 (32.35) 2:05.88 (32.71)

Team Standings
1. Georgia 460
2. Stanford 345.5
3. California 340
4. Texas A&M 286
5. Florida 209
6. USC 205
7. Tennessee 170
8. Virginia 123
9. Arizona 122
10. Minnesota 121.5

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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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