By Robin Jentes
AUSTIN, Texas, March 8. SEVERAL members of the Texas men's and women's swimming teams claimed top finishes in the first day of competition at the American Short Course Championships on Thursday, March 8 at the Jamail Swim Center.
Freshman Cherie Albertson (Houston, Texas) touched fifth in the 100-yard breaststroke, posting a season-best time of 1:05.31, while sophomore Ashlee Fotinakes (Marietta, Ga.) finished 14th with a time of 1:06.84. In the 100 butterfly, sophomore Jenny Cray (Federal Way, Wash.) claimed sixth-place honors (56.43) and junior Sarah Allen (Chapel Hill, N.C.) placed 20th (57.78).
Valerie Oswald, who is sitting out the 2000-01 season after transferring to UT from Virginia, won the 400 IM in a time of 4:14.56 and finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:47.97). Joscelin Yeo, who is also sitting out the 2000-01 season after transfering to Texas from California and swimming unattached, claimed second-place honors in the 100 breaststroke (1:05.32).
On the men's side, junior Michael Chozick (Austin, Texas) posted a fifth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke, while freshman Paul Richard (Mandeville, La.) placed 10th (57.52). In the 400 IM, sophomore Timmy Chung (Mercer Island, Wash.) claimed fifth place with a time of 3:58.70. Swimming unattached, freshmen Cooper Phillips (Houston, Texas) (4:01.95) and Greg Norman (Richardson, Texas) (4:05.79) finished eighth and 12th, respectively in the 400 IM.
Austin McAnally, who also swam unattached, claimed third-place honors in the 200 freestyle (1:39.86).
Former Longhorns also made strong performances in the first night of competition. Olympian Neil Walker captured the 200 freestyle (1:36.42) and 100 butterfly (47.17), while former Longhorn Bryan Jones claimed second-place honors in the 100 fly with a time of
47.30. Tammie Spatz-Stone also won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:47.97.
The American Short Course Championships will resume on Friday, March 9 with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. at the Jamail Swim Center. Friday's final events are slated for 6:30 p.m. Complete results can be found on www.TexasSports.com.
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