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WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 20. GEORGIA started off the evening right with a victory in the 1650 free.
Wendy Trott defended her title with a 15:48.87 for the win, after winning with a 15:45.49 last year. She joined just eight women to have won the event multiple times, and gave Georgia its fourth triumph in the mile. Previously, Erika Hansen won in 1989 and Julie Varozza claimed the title in 1999.
"It's great, I'm very happy," Trott said. "It's a very close competition right now so I'm just glad I could get those points for Georgia. It was tough and fun but I'm glad it's over."
Princeton's Alicia Aemisegger finished second overall in 15:57.02, while California's Lauren Boyle placed third in 15:59.57 out of an earlier heat. Southern California's Haley Anderson (15:59.99) and Michigan's Emily Brunemann (16:00.93), the 2008 winner, finished fourth and fifth.
Georgia jumped into the lead with 282.5 points, while California stood second with 272 points. Arizona (266.5), Stanford (266.5) and Florida (248) all remained in the fight for the title.
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