Women’s NCAA Div. 1 Champs, Day 3 Finals: Rigamonti Cruises to 1,650 Free Title

By Dan Mihalik

WEST LAFAYETTE, Indiana, March 19. FLAVIA Rigamonti took last year off to concentrate on the 2004 Athens Olympics. All that training showed in the 1,650 freestyle final on the third and final day of the NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships. She dominated the rest of the field by winning the event in a time of 15:46.84, good for a new pool record.

Rigamonti, who won this race for the third time, trailed for only 250 yards. Laura Conway of Georgia held the lead for a short time, but Rigamonti reclaimed the lead and never looked back. Hayley Peirsol of Auburn was in third for most of the race and was nearly a half pool length behind Conway in the middle of the race. But Peirsol covered the ground and more, as she took second. Conway finished in third.

In fourth was Carly Piper of Wisconsin, followed closely by Auburn’s Adrienne Binder. Lauren Costella (Stanford), Julia Stowers (Tennessee) and Meredith Green (Florida) finished the top eight.

EVENT: 15 WOMEN's 1650 Yard FREESTYLE

NCAA Record: 15:39.14 JANET EVANS STANFORD 1990
AMERICAN Record: 15:39.14 JANET EVANS STANFORD 1990
US OPEN Record: 15:39.14 JANET EVANS STANFORD 1990
POOL RECORD: 16:02.61 CARLY PIPER WISCONSIN 2003
QUALIFYING FOR "A" CUT: 16:23.54

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME

1) RIGAMONTI, FLAVIA JR S.M.U. 15:46.84 **
:54.49 :57.56 :57.52 :57.76 :57.65 :57.28
:57.29 :57.34 :57.54 :57.59 :57.61 :57.60
:58.09 :57.94 :57.82 :57.85 :27.91
** POOL RECORD:
2) PEIRSOL, HAYLEY SO AUBURN 15:52.48
:55.58 :57.70 :57.93 :57.76 :57.78 :58.09
:58.05 :58.12 :58.06 :58.20 :58.09 :58.02
:58.10 :58.00 :57.89 :57.16 :27.95
3) CONWAY, LAURA JR GEORGIA 15:54.97
:55.19 :57.46 :57.18 :57.59 :57.35 :57.39
:57.42 :58.09 :58.10 :58.27 :58.13 :58.40
:58.56 :58.67 :58.87 :59.40 :28.90
4) PIPER, CARLY SR WISCONSIN 16:01.74
:55.22 :57.51 :57.88 :58.39 :58.63 :58.73
:59.26 :58.99 :59.14 :59.07 :58.64 :58.69
:58.54 :58.81 :58.82 :58.49 :26.93
5) BINDER, ADRIENNE SO AUBURN 16:01.93
:55.36 :57.85 :58.46 :58.90 :58.77 :59.13
:58.81 :58.81 :58.59 :58.55 :58.44 :58.53
:58.53 :58.55 :58.29 :58.26 :28.10
6) COSTELLA, LAUREN SO STANFORD 16:05.94
:56.11 :58.66 :58.79 :58.72 :58.91 :58.38
:58.32 :58.51 :58.27 :58.25 :58.40 :58.80
:59.24 :59.32 :59.21 :59.11 :28.94
7) STOWERS, JULIA SR TENNESSEE 16:06.57
:55.86 :58.27 :58.59 :58.74 :58.57 :58.62
:58.61 :58.70 :58.80 :58.67 :58.96 :59.09
:59.08 :58.87 :59.10 :59.11 :28.93
8) GREEN, MEREDITH SR FLORIDA 16:11.38
:57.32 :59.26 :59.30 :58.99 :59.11 :58.99
:58.96 :59.41 :59.15 :59.01 :59.02 :59.02
:59.07 :58.98 :58.49 :58.36 :28.94
9) CARR, STEPHANIE FR GEORGIA 16:14.77
:55.75 :58.33 :58.74 :58.63 :58.82 :58.81
:58.97 :59.09 :59.30 :59.46 :59.76 :59.63
:59.60 1:00.08 1:00.09 1:00.34 :29.37
10) DUROT, ELIZABETH FR STANFORD 16:15.32
:56.78 :58.48 :58.91 :59.18 :59.26 :59.37
:59.06 :59.56 :59.53 :59.66 :59.66 :59.36
:59.31 :59.41 :59.62 :59.17 :29.00
11) MILLER, ANNA FR GEORGIA 16:15.97
:55.25 :58.83 :59.29 :58.93 :59.04 :59.38
:59.12 :59.46 :59.17 :59.61 :59.73 :59.77
1:00.04 1:00.00 1:00.15 :59.78 :28.42
12) HAWLEY, CLAIRE SO PENN. STATE 16:17.70
:57.58 :59.66 :59.37 :59.35 :59.35 :59.39
:59.19 :59.29 :59.36 :59.03 :59.23 :59.16
:59.66 :59.66 :59.89 :59.58 :28.95
13) MORRIS, ERIN SO PENN. STATE 16:18.98
:56.43 :59.62 :59.94 :59.92 :59.84 :59.32
:59.65 :59.69 :59.64 :59.74 :59.74 1:00.05
:59.82 1:00.09 :59.87 :58.20 :27.42
14) STAHLEY, DESIREE SO STANFORD 16:19.56
:56.22 :59.24 :59.45 :59.49 :59.87 :59.62
:59.30 :59.16 :59.13 :59.59 :59.99 1:00.05
1:00.11 1:00.16 1:00.19 :59.54 :28.45
15) ROUTH, KIM JR CLEMSON 16:21.16
:57.42 :59.72 :59.45 :59.10 :59.44 :59.35
:59.86 :59.47 :59.47 :59.55 :59.98 :59.83
:59.61 :59.87 :59.81 1:00.02 :29.21
16) BURKE, RACHAEL JR VIRGINIA 16:22.72
:56.61 :58.84 :58.61 :58.87 :58.91 :58.77
:59.03 :59.37 :59.45 :59.86 1:00.23 1:00.56
1:00.77 1:00.77 1:01.12 1:00.98 :29.97

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