LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 17. ATTACHED are the Day One preliminary swimming results, as well as the heat sheets for the evening session, for the 2005 NCAA Women's Division I Swimming and Diving Championships. Diving preliminaries are incomplete at the time of this posting.
Georgia is seeking a return to the days of 1999-2001 when they ruled the roost in this meet before Auburn began its three-year rule in 2002. Coming into the meet those two powerhouses were the favorites with a few others such as Florida, Stanford, Arizona and Texas considered as outside possibilities that probably would not have quite enough depth in their scoring compared to the Bulldogs and Tigers.
Georgia is also trying to confirm the validity of the dual-meet national championship the coaches have already voted for them. And they are well on their way. They started the session with an American record 4 x 50 freestyle relay. They followed with a crushing show of quality depth.
(A/B; A = Championship finalist; B = Consolation Finalist)
Event Georgia Auburn
500 freestyle 3/1 1/0
Note: Auburn’s Adrienne Binder was probably a favorite for a medal position but failed to qualify for a second swim
200 IM 2/0 2/1
Note: Auburn makes up some ground by going 1-2, but Georgia does not lose
too much with two Championship finalists
50 freestyle 4/0 1/2
Note: Georgia’s advantage includes leader and favorite in Kara Lynn Joyce.
Session Totals: 9/2 4/3
Note: Georgia has made an early statement; will the three-time champs respond?
As expected, both Georgia and Auburn are in the top final of each relay. The “outside possibilities” stayed that way as Georgia and Auburn were the only schools with more than one championship finalist in any single event.
Of interest was the swim-off for 16th place in the 50 where Arizona’s Lacy Nymeyer swam a :22.50, which would have placed 7th had she done it in the regular event. This was more in keeping with the :21.98 4 x 50 freestyle relay anchor split by Nymeyer, which trailed only the :21.93 from Paige Kearns who swam Georgia’s second leg and had the advantage of working with the relatively calm water created by Joyce’s dominating :22.20 lead-off. By history Nymeyer has been slightly better in the 100 than the 50; she might be one for Joyce to keep an eye open for in Saturday’s 100 freestyle.