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AUSTIN, Texas, March 18. CALIFORNIA's Amanda Sims reclaimed her 2009 title in the women's 100 fly with a sterling time tonight at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
Sims turned in a sparkling time of 50.49, the fourth-fastest ever, to move to third on the all time performers list. Natalie Coughlin (50.01, 50.23) and Rachel Komisarz (50.10) are the only women to ever swim faster. Sims had previously won the 100 fly NCAA title in 2009 before being dethroned last year by Elaine Breeden's 51.43. The win tied California with Stanford for the most ever 100 fly titles with nine each. Previous Golden Bear wins came by way of Mary T. Meagher (1985, 1987), Natalie Coughlin (2001, 02, 03, 04) and Dana Vollmer (2007) as well as Sims' victory in 2009.
"I thought my start this morning was too slow, so I thought I would just go for it and see how it goes," Sims said. "Hopefully, it gets everyone excited. We work so many hours; I hope this is inspiring for them. I think that's what is good about our team is that one's success really motivates everybody."
Western Kentucky's Claire Donahue had the best seat in the house with her second-place time of 51.68 as Sims nearly broke the NCAA record for the largest margin of victory with a 1.19-second triumph. Misty Hyman still holds the record with a 1.35-second win over North Carolina's Richelle Fox back in 1998 while representing Stanford with a 51.34 to 52.69 win.
USC's Lyndsay DePaul (51.74), California's Hannah Wilson (51.82), Tennessee's Jennifer Connolly (52.14), Auburn's Olivia Scott (52.29), LSU's Amanda Kendall (52.50) and LSU's Jane Trepp (52.50) also competed in the finale.
Maryland's Megan Lafferty claimed the B final in 52.28. Michigan's Caitlin Dauw (52.77), Tennessee's Kelsey Floyd (52.79), Boise State's Amber Boucher (52.90), USC's Yumi So (52.97), California's Colleen Fotsch (53.18), Minnesota's Kaylee Jamison (53.39) and Arizona State's Caroline Kuczynski (53.85) also scored points in the consolation heat.
After the event, California held the team lead with 208 points with USC standing second with 200 points. Georgia (157), Stanford (145) and Arizona (125) made up the top five.
Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections Heading Into 800 Free Relay*:
California (256.875), Georgia (235.875), USC (229.5), Stanford (174), Texas (151), Arizona (149), Auburn (127.625), Florida (126.75), Minnesota (121.125), Wisconsin (119.5).
* Average Scoring Projections based on the average points allotted to an A finalist (14.75) and a B finalist (4.625). Double points for relays.
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