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AUSTIN, Texas, March 18. MINNESOTA's Jillian Tyler picked up the women's 100-yard breast title at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
Tyler built on her swim throughout the race, finishing with a winning time of 58.39. That swim stands seventh all time, while Tyler already ranks fourth with a lifetime best of 58.22. Only Tara Kirk (57.77), Annie Chandler (58.06) and Rebecca Soni (58.10) have been faster than Tyler. The win is Minnesota's second in the event at NCAAs with Gretchen Hegener being the first Golden Gopher to surface victorious with a 1:00.32 in 1997.
"I'm so happy right now. It means the world to me," Tyler said. "These last four years have been hard and long, and for this to happen now – I'm so happy. I just put my head down and swam to the finish. You just think about all the hard training we've done this year. I knew I couldn't lose it on the last 25. I raced hard to the wall."
Texas A&M's Breeja Larson touched second in 58.51 to move to fifth all time, while George Mason's Ashley Danner clocked a third-place 59.23. USC's Kasey Carlson (59.29), Arizona's Ellyn Baumgardner (59.38), Wisconsin's Ashley Wanland (59.57), Texas' Laura Sogar (59.60) and LSU's Jane Trepp (59.67) also swam in the championship heat.
Minnesota's Haley Spencer cleared 1:00 to win the B final in 59.92. Florida's Hilda Luthersdottir (1:00.16), Stanford's Elizabeth Smith (1:00.48), Tennessee's Martina Moravcikova (1:00.49), Louisville's Therese Bergstrom (1:00.74), Penn State's Merritt Krawczyk (1:00.94), Toledo's Laura Lindsay (1:00.95) and South Carolina's Amanda Rutqvist (1:01.04) also competed in the small final.
California remained in the lead with 222 points, while Southern California jumped into second with 215 points. Georgia (213.5), Stanford (164) and Arizona (146) continued to be in the top five.
Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections Heading Into 800 Free Relay*:
California (256.125), Georgia (239.375), USC (229.75), Stanford (173.625), Arizona (150.625), Texas (148.5), Minnesota (130.75), Auburn (127.625), Florida (121.75), Wisconsin (117.75), Texas A&M (117.75)
* 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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