LA JOLLA, Calif., Feb. 26. UC San Diego's Rosanna Delurgio set new NCAA Division II standards in both the 100 and 200 yards breaststroke this past weekend at the 2003 Pacific Collegiate Swim Conference Championships, held at Belmont Plaza Pool in Long Beach.
A sophomore out of Santa Cruz, California, Delurgio broke the school, conference and Division II record in the 100 breaststroke during her preliminary swim on Friday's second day of competition, in 1:03.10. The mark broke former Triton Sandra Lopez's record of 1:03.21, set in a national title-winning performance at the 2001 NCAA Division II National Championships. Delurgio then topped the mark again in the evening finals, swimming 1:02.92 in winning her the event.
On the meet's final day Saturday, Delurgio broke her second NCAA Division II standard of the weekend with a 2:15.92 time in the 200 breaststroke.
In addition to her two record-setting performances, Delurgio also made a rare appearance in the 50 free (24.13), finishing third with the fourth-fastest time in the event in school history, and was a member of both the victorious 200 freestyle relay team (1:36.28) and the school-record 200 medley relay team (1:46.94), which came in third.
Delurgio's 100 and 200 breaststroke times from the PCSC Meet currently rank 19th among collegiate swimmers from all divisions for the 2002-03 season. She is expected to qualify for the U.S. Olympic Trials next year.
The Triton women were unable to duplicate their conference team title from a year ago, finishing runner-up to first-time winner UC Davis, 1293 to 1184.5 points.
Delurgio and the UCSD men's and women's swimming and diving teams will now get geared up for the NCAA Division II National Championships, to be held in Grand Forks, North Dakota, March 12-15. Delurgio will be looking for her first individual titles while trying to help lead her team to the first national crown in school history. The women finished fourth last year while the men came in 13th.