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AUBURN, Alabama, March 16. WITH dreams of breaking Tara Kirk's American and U.S. Open record filling her days and nights all year long, Texas A&M's Breeja Larson finally broke through with a sterling time in the 100 breast at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.
Larson blasted a time of 57.71, after taking the swim out in 27.12. That swim clipped Tara Kirk's American and U.S. Open record of 57.77 set for Stanford in 2006. Larson is also the first person to post a pair of sub-58 swims, as she bested her NCAA record of 57.92 from Big 12 prelims last month. The win gave Texas A&M just its third NCAA titlist of all time, joining Alia Atkinson and Julia Wilkinson as Aggie victors.
George Mason's Ashley Danner placed second in 59.02 to move to 14th all time, while Arizona State's Rebecca Ejdervik finished third in 59.18. Texas' Laura Sogar (59.34), Columbia's Catherine Meili (59.74), Georgia's Michelle McKeehan (59.79), Wisconsin's Ashley Wanland (59.87) and Northwestern's Jenny Wilson (1:00.81) also competed in the finale.
Larson's 1.31-second victory in the event came close to breaking the largest margin of victory in NCAA history in the 100 breast. Tracey McFarlane of Texas (1:00.68), however, remained in possession of the record with a 1.59-second triumph over Stanford's Susan Rapp (1:02.27) in 1987.
Toledo's Laura Lindsay provided some outside smoke in the B final with a 59.61 for the win, while USC's Kasey Carlson placed second in 59.79. Notre Dame's Emma Reaney (59.81), Purdue's Emily Fogle (59.85), Auburn's Abigail Duncan (59.99), Florida's Hilda Luthersdottir (1:00.05), Penn State's Merritt Krawczyk (1:00.24) and Louisville's Gisselle Kohoyda (1:00.45) completed the consolation heat.
California held onto its leading tally with 248 points, while Southern California stood second with 184 points. Stanford (182), Georgia (179) and Auburn (159) made up the rest of the top five.
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