Women’s NCAA Championships: Day Two Prelims in Real Time

By Phillip Whitten

AUBURN, Alabama, March 21. THIS morning we will bring you the results of the prelims in real time — as they happen.

This morning's schedule of events:

200 medley relay
400 individual medley
1oo butterfly
200 free
100 breast
100 back
800 free relay

200 yard medley relay
Heat one of three: Arizona wins in 1:39.35. Stanford is second in 1:39.50 followed by Texas in 1:39.90.

Heat 2: On the strength of its back half, George wins in 1:39.86. Penn State follows in 1:40.69 with Michigan third in 1:41.12.

Heat 3: Natalie Coughlin gives Cal the lead with 24.15 backstroke leg. Stacianna Stitts keeps the Bears in front at 52.26 at the 100. Cal hold s on at 150, Auburn coming up fast. At the touch it's Auburn, 1:38.26, followed by Cal, 1:39.25 and Florida, 1:39.65.

Qualifiers: A Final: 1. Auburn, 2. Cal, 3. Arizona, 4. Stanford, 5. Florida, 6. Georgia, 7. Texas, 8. SMU.
B Final: 9. Penn State, 10. USC, 11. Michigan, 12. Purdue, 13. Pacific, 14. Alabama, 15. ASU. 16. UCLA.

400 yard individual medley
Maggie Bowen, defending champion, is the favorite. Other likely contenders: Alenka Kejzar (SMU), Michala Kwasny (USC), Kaitlin Sandeno (USC), Sara McLarty (Florida), Kristen Caverly (Stanford0. There are six heats. It should take about 4:13.0 to make A finals.

Heat 1: Kate Wrenshall (Virginia), 4:20.20, Anna Trinidad (Wisconsin), 4:21.17.

Heat 2: Virginia's Cara Lane took the lead at the start and has held it over Levavi (Maryland) and Buck (Georgia). Lane moves ahead on the free to win. At the finish it's: Lane, 4:15.01; Stephanie Buck, 4:16.44, Levavi, 4:21.70.

Heat 3: Univ. of San Diego frosh Ashley Swart is the surprise leader in lane 6 through 300. At the wall: Swart in 4:16.28, Katie Yevak (Georgia) 4:17.78, Katie Gordon 4:18.17.

Heat 4, the first of the three seeded heats: At the 100, Florida's Sara McLarty leads Kaitlin Sandeno at 57.40 to 57.60; at the 200, it's still McLarty, lengthening her lead over USC's Sandeno, 2:00.24 to 2:01.28. Virginia's Bosevska is making a move on the breaststroke, but the 1-2-3 spots remain the same: McLarty 3:12.52, Sandeno 3:13.71, Bosevska 3:15.39.
At the wall, it's McLarty 4:09.77, Sandeno 4:11.36, Bosevska 4:13.35 — the three fastest times thus far.

Heat 5: Maggie Bowen, the defending champ is in lane 4, flanked by Beth Pendleton of Wisconsin in 3, Michala Kwasny of USC in 5. At the 100, Emily Mason of Arizona is well out ahead in 55.27. At the 200 it's still Mason, 1:57.78, followed by Bowen at 1:58.17 and Kwasny. Here comes Bowen! At the 300 it's Bowen at 3:08.84 with Mason at 3:10.86. Bowen wins in 4:07.90, with Mason 4:09.74 — the top two times thus far — and Auburn's Lauren Duerek in lane 2 at 4:14.00.

Heat 6: At the 200 it's Florida's Jamie Reid in lane six in the lead. Kejzar in 4 and Caverly in 5 have moved into a tie at 250. At the 300, it's Alenka Kejzar (SMU), followed by Stanford's Caverly and Indiana's Brooke Taflinger. At the wall, it's Caverly, 4:11.23; Kejzar, 4:11.35; and Taflinger, 4:15.38.

Qualifiers, A Final: Bowen, Mason, McLarty, Caverly, Kejzar, Sandeno, Bosevska and Duerk.
B Final: Lane, Kwasny, Taflinger, Swart, Maddy Crippen (Villanova), Pendleton, Amy Baly (Virginia), Andrea Cassidy (SMU).

100 yard butterfly
There are 7 heats. Top seed is American/NCAA record-holder Natalie Coughlin. It should take a 53-high to make top 16, 53-low to make top 8.

Heat 1: Auburn frosh Leslie Lunsmann wins in a fast 53.82, a pr by almost two seconds.

Heat 2: Victoria Genova, Alabama, 55.18; Patricia Finnerty, Purdue, 55.27.

Heat 3: Marisa Kovac, USC, 54.20; Emily Breen, Florida State, 54.41; Lisa Garcia, Notre Dame, 54.68.

Heat 4: McCall Dorr (SMU), 53.96; Tricia Harm, Georgia, 53.98; Laura Leininger, LSU, 54.41.

Heat 5, the first of the 3 seeded heats: Margaret Hoelzer, Auburn, 52.72; Georgina Lee (SMU), 53.43; Shannon Catalano (Pacific), 53.46.

Heat 6: Mary Descenza, Georgia, 52.63; Jana Krohn, USC, 52.88; Renate DuPlessis, Florida, 53.13.

Heat 7: Coughlin breezes in 51.40; Joscelin Yeo, Texas, 52.87; Sarah Wanezek, Texas, 52.96.

Qualifiers, A Final: 1. Coughlin, 2. Descenza, 3. Hoelzer, 4. Yeo, 5. Krohn, 6. Wanezek, 7. DuPlessis, 8. Dana Kirk (Stanford).
B Final: 9. Demerae Christianson (Auburn), 10. Lee,
11. Shannon Catalano (Pacific), 12. Alessandra Lawless (Auburn) 53.48, 13. Beth botsford (Arizona), 14. Lunsmann, 15. Lindsay Henahan (WSU), 16. candace Weiman (Alabama).

200 yard freestyle
There are eight heats.

Heat 1: Rachael Burke, Virginia, wins in 1:49.98.
erin Phenix (Texas) a 2000 Olympian, second in 1:50.16.

Heat 2: Lindsey Smart, UCLA, 1:49.98; Leslie Johns, Arkansas, 1:50.45.

Heat 3: Amy Gruber (Kansas), 1:48.95; Sharon Olson (Washington), 1:49.08; Kelly Weeks (UNC), 1:49.62.

Heat 4: Lauren Medina (Cal), 148.90; Robin Errecart (Pacific), 1:49.11; Erin Volcan, (Auburn) 1:49.30.

Heat 5: UCLA's Malin Svahnstrom, 1:47.21, ASU's Florencia Szigeti, 1:47.86, Sally Anderson, PSU, 1:48.53.

Heat 6. Julie Hardt, Georgia, 1:45.74, Jessi Perruquet (UNC), 1:46.04, Shandra Johnson (Maryland), 1;46.17.

Heat 7. Sarah McCauley, Wisc. 1;46.30; Jen Van Assen, So Carolina, 1:46.91; Kim Harada (Wash.), 1:47.14. Pre-meet favorite Maritza Correia finished fifth and won't make the A final; she probably will just make the B final.

Heat 8: Heather Kemp, Auburn 1:46.29; Amy McCullough, Michigan, 1:46.40; Lotta Wanberg (SMU) 1:47.06.

100 yard breaststroke
There are only 5 heats. Top seed: Stanford's Tara Kirk, the defending champion and only swimmer ever under 59 seconds. It should take just under 1:01.0 to make A finals, about 1:02.0 to make B finals.

Heat 1: Sarah Lo, Missouri, wins in 1:03.12.

Heat 2: Kirsten Gilbert (Stan), 1:02.10; Becky Acker (UNC), 1:022.95; Lindsey Wilson (PSU), 1:03.04.

Heat 3: A battle between two Europeans: Kovacs (Hungary) and Poleska (Germany). Winner is Kovacs (ASU), 1:00.41; Poleska (Alabama), 1:00.77; Corrie clark (SMU), 1:01.73.

Heat 4: Another European, Germany's Sarah Poewe, formerly a South African, should win the heat. Very close race. winner: Jessica Wagner, Arizona, 1:00.69; Poewe (Georgia) 1:00.70; Stacianna Stitts (Cal), 1:00.86.

Heat 5: Tara Kirk, the American/NCAA record-holder should take this final heat.
Kirk–27.72 at the 50, ahead of AR pace. Kirk wins in 59.28; Maggie Bowen, 1:00.30; Vipa Bernhardt, Florida, 1:00.85.

Qualifers, A final: 1. Kirk, 2. Bowen, 3. Kovacs, 4. Jessica Wagner, Ariz, 5. Poewe, 6. Poleska, 7. Bernhardt, 8. Stitts.
B Final: 9. Lindsay Lange (Purdue), 10. Laura Swander (Auburn), 11. Birte Steven (Oregon State), 12. Jillian Martin (Maryland), 13. Clark (SMU), 14. Lindsey Errter (Georgia), 15. Kammy Miller (USC), 16. Gilbert (Stanford)

100 yard backstroke
7 heats with American/NCAA record-holder Natalie Coughlin (49.97) the overwhelming favorite.

Heat 1: Tricia Harm, Georgia, 56.17.

Heat 2: Kris Willey (Pacific), 56.00

Heat 3: Jenn Skolaski, Iowa, 54.34; Maris Kozak, USC, 54.72

Heat 4: Marshi Smith, Ariz., 54.47; Jeri Moss, Auburn, 54.62; Erin Volcan, Auburn, 54.96.

Heat 5: Kirsty Coventry, Auburn, 52.89; Renate DuPlessis, Florida, 53.74; Lauren Gettel, Georgia, 54.28

Heat 6: Beth Botsford (Ariz), 53.30, Sarah Wanezek (Texas) 54.52, Maureen Farrell, Florida, 54.63.

heat 7; Natalie Coughlin (Cal), 53.42, Jacque Fessel, (Tenn), in lane 8, 54.19, Brielle White (Virginia), 54.48.
Qualifiers, A Final: 1. Coventry, 2. Botsford, 3. Coughlin, 4. DuPlessis, 5. Fessel, 6. Gettel, 7. Skolaski, 8. Jenni Anderson (Auburn)
B Final: 9. Smith, 10. White, 11. Wanezek, 12. Helen Silver (Cal)., 13. Moss, 14. Farrell, 15. Wagner, 16. Kozak.

That concludes the morning prelims.

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