NCAA Div. I Women: SMU Leads WAC Championships After Day One

SAN ANTONIO, Texas, Feb. 27. THE No. 8-ranked SMU women's swimming & diving team swept day one competition at the 2002 WAC Swimming & Diving Championships, placing first in both events Wednesday night at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas.

In the 200 yard medley relay, SMU landed their first gold-medal performance of the championships. The Mustangs recorded a time of 1:40.72. The time was almost three seconds better than their top time this season and just .05 off the WAC record.

Taking second was Nevada with a time of 1:43.51, two seconds better than their fastest this season. In third was Rice with a time of 1:44.91, their best time by three seconds. Rounding out the field were San Jose State in fourth, Fresno State in fifth and Hawai`i sixth.

In the only other event of the evening, the Mustangs swam to their second first-place finish in the 800 yard freestyle relay with a winning time of 7:14.88, setting a new team best in the event for the 2001-02 season. The time, set by Georgina Lee, McCall Dorr, Flavia Rigamonti, and Lotta Wanberg, was also an NCAA qualifying time for the Ponies.

Rice took second, touching the mat at 7:24.54, 16 seconds better than their fastest time this season. In third was Nevada with a time of 7:29.08, ten seconds better than their fastest. Rounding out the field were Fresno State in fourth, Hawai`i in fifth and San Jose State in sixth.

The standings through one day of competition are SMU first with 40 points, Nevada and Rice are tied for second with 33 points. Fresno State has 29 points, while San Jose State is fifth with 28 and Hawai`i has 27.

The action continues tomorrow at Palo Alto College Natatorium in San Antonio, Texas at 11:30 a.m. with the preliminaries and at 6:30 p.m. for the finals of the 500 yard freestyle.

Palo Alto College/Alamo AC
WAC Swimming & Diving Championships –
2/27/02 to 3/2/02
Results
Day One; Feb. 27, 2002

Event 1 Women 200 Yard Medley Relay
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WAC MEET: ! 1:30.21 1999 SMU
WAC OPEN: * 1:28.94 1999 SMU
NCAA "A": + 1:40.31
NCAA "B": # 1:43.31
School Seed Finals Points
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1 Southern Methodist University 'A' 1:43.68 1:40.72# 40
1) Koivisto, Anu SO 2) Pomeroy, Julia JR
3) Lee, Georgina SO 4) Wanberg, Lisa JR
25.68 54.06 1:18.18 1:40.72
2 University of Nevada 'A' 1:45.77 1:43.51 34
1) Chin, Alyssa FR 2) Echiverri, Kathy SR
3) McKenney, Kelsey FR 4) Clendenin, Ashley JR
27.15 54.99 1:20.37 1:43.51
3 Rice University 'A' 1:47.42 1:44.95 32
1) Mularz, Mandy JR 2) Hill, Lauren FR
3) Lee, Elaine SO 4) Taheri, Klana FR
27.15 56.16 1:21.53 1:44.95
4 San Jose State University 'A' 1:48.15 1:45.37 30
1) Lella, Alana FR 2) Hutson, Emily JR
3) Pierce, Charlotte JR 4) Brady, Valerie SO
27.47 57.36 1:21.74 1:45.37
5 Fresno State University 'A' 1:49.11 1:46.03 28
1) Wigginton, Carolyn FR 2) McGettrick, Greer SO
3) Fishback, Tawne FR 4) Lewis, Jesie SR
26.64 56.31 1:22.27 1:46.03
6 University of Hawaii 'A' 1:49.19 1:46.38 26
1) Vos, Michelle SO 2) Hoestert, Morgan JR
3) Sarakatsani, Katia FR 4) Goudie, Cindy SO
28.47 56.97 1:22.85 1:46.38

Event 2 Women 800 Yard Freestyle Relay
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WAC MEET: ! 7:16.99 1999 SMU
WAC OPEN: * 7:09.92 1999 SMU
NCAA "A": + 7:15.32
NCAA "B": # 7:28.37
School Seed Finals Points
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1 Southern Methodist University 'A' 7:15.49 7:14.88+ 40
1) Lee, Georgina SO 2) Dorr, McCall JR
3) Rigamonti, Flavia FR 4) Wanberg, Lotta JR
25.19 52.10 1:19.39 1:46.29 2:12.24 2:40.16 3:08.61 3:37.61
4:03.02 4:31.01 4:59.23 5:26.85 5:51.47 6:18.78 6:46.75 7:14.88
2 Rice University 'A' 7:40.78 7:24.54# 34
1) Corcoran, Jackie SO 2) Kristick, Corrie FR
3) Ciffolilli, Toni SO 4) Taheri, Klana FR
25.79 53.26 1:21.28 1:49.37 2:14.58 2:42.40 3:11.10 3:40.30
4:06.24 4:34.96 5:04.04 5:32.87 5:58.12 6:26.70 6:55.68 7:24.54
3 University of Nevada 'A' 7:39.92 7:29.08 32
1) Thomas, Heather FR 2) Murphy, Amy SO
3) Cunha, Leticia SO 4) Chin, Alyssa FR
26.19 54.73 1:23.39 1:52.89 2:18.67 2:47.23 3:17.07 3:47.25
4:12.82 4:41.43 5:09.94 5:38.75 6:04.73 6:33.25 7:01.05 7:29.08
4 Fresno State University 'A' 7:48.89 7:34.15 30
1) Johnson, Melissa FR 2) Mickelsen, Minja FR
3) Lewis, Jesie SR 4) Klenner, Jessica JR
26.05 54.28 1:23.69 1:53.31 2:19.12 2:47.75 3:17.64 3:47.56
4:13.36 4:42.28 5:11.50 5:40.84 6:06.72 6:35.74 7:04.99 7:34.15
5 University of Hawaii 'A' 7:49.08 7:39.22 28
1) Sarakatsani, Katia FR 2) Seall, Katie JR
3) Smith, Brandie SR 4) Toews, Karan FR
26.50 54.64 1:22.96 1:52.31 2:17.90 2:46.43 3:15.88 3:46.19
4:12.75 4:42.07 5:12.54 5:43.39 6:09.20 6:38.17 7:08.55 7:39.22
6 San Jose State University 'A' 8:02.88 7:49.76 26
1) Wells, Brooke FR 2) Frick, Tracy SR
3) Barton, Lindsay SR 4) Paskvan, Nicole SR
27.77 57.40 1:27.99 1:58.11 2:24.68 2:53.78 3:23.69 3:55.14
4:22.12 4:52.15 5:21.96 5:51.65 6:18.24 6:48.09 7:18.82 7:49.76

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