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Women's NCAAs, Day 2 Prelims; Natalie Cruises to Top Qualifying Time in the 100m Backstroke -- March 19, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

100 meter backstroke
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 19. There are six heats in the 100 back, with WR-holder Natalie Coughlin the top seed.

Heat 1: Michigan frosh Kaitlyn Brady wins in 1:02.30.

Heat 2. Jenna Gresdal, Arizona, swims the meet’s first sub-minute effort, touching in 59.93.

Heat 3. Arizona’s Jessica Hayes wins in 1:00.07.

Heat 4. Big 10 champ Sarah Haupt, Penn State, just held off a fat-closing Brielle White of Virginia to win in 59.97.

Heat 5. Auburn’s Margaret Hoelzer clocks 59.52, the fastest swim thus far. But here comes Natalie….

Heat 6. Looking like she was out for a Sunday stroll, Natalie turns in the fastest Q-time, 59.38.

Cuts: 1:00.19 to make A final; 1:00.82 to make B.

Official Results: 100-Meter Backstroke Preliminaries

EVENT: 12 WOMEN's 100 Meter Backstroke

NCAA Record: :56.71 Natalie Coughlin Cal. Berkeley 2002
NCAA Meet Record: :58.66 Courtney Shealy Georgia 2000
World Record: :56.71 Natalie Coughlin Cal. Berkeley 2002
American Record: :56.71 Natalie Coughlin Cal. Berkeley 2002
US Open Record: :56.71 Natalie Coughlin Cal. Berkeley 2002
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: :54.47
QUALIFYING FOR This Meet: :55.31

RESULTS of PRELIMS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM TIME

1) COUGHLIN, NATALIE SR CALIFORNIA :59.38
:28.69 :30.69
2) HOELZER, MARGARET JR AUBURN :59.52
:28.85 :30.67
3) GRESDAL, JENNA SO ARIZONA :59.93
:28.85 :31.08
4) SMITH, MARSHI SO ARIZONA :59.97
:28.42 :31.55
4) HAUPT, SARAH SO PENN STATE :59.97
:28.72 :31.25
6) HAYES, JESSICA JR ARIZONA 1:00.07
:29.24 :30.83
7) WHITE, BRIELLE SO VIRGINIA 1:00.08
:29.11 :30.97
8) VOLCAN, ERIN SO AUBURN 1:00.19
:29.46 :30.73
9) ANDERSON, JENNI JR AUBURN 1:00.46
:29.39 :31.07
9) STURDY, REBECCA FR TEXAS A&M 1:00.46
:29.75 :30.71
11) FARRELL, MAUREEN JR FLORIDA 1:00.58
:29.24 :31.34
12) SILVER, HELEN SO CALIFORNIA 1:00.68
:29.56 :31.12
13) VAZIRI, LEILA FR INDIANA 1:00.69
:29.39 :31.30
14) FESSEL, JACQUE SO TENNESSEE 1:00.72
:29.52 :31.20
15) MACKEY, NICOLE FR HAWAII 1:00.78
:29.67 :31.11
16) PATTERSON, COURTNEY JR TEXAS A&M 1:00.82
:29.74 :31.08
17) WYCLIFFE, ELIZABETH SO TEXAS 1:00.83
:29.86 :30.97
18) ARNOLD, KATIE FR UCLA 1:00.86
:29.43 :31.43
19) HARRIGAN, KELLY SO RUTGERS 1:00.98
:29.50 :31.48
20) MOSS, JERI SO AUBURN 1:01.08
:29.99 :31.09
21) MABRY, NEKA SR GEORGIA 1:01.10
:29.56 :31.54
22) SCHNEIDER, KRISTEN SR COLORADO STATE 1:01.32
:29.73 :31.59
22) BROWN, CONNIE FR TEXAS 1:01.32
:29.44 :31.88
24) HALLQUIST, KATHRYN SO ALABAMA 1:01.34
:30.03 :31.31
25) JOHNSON, SARA SR MICHIGAN 1:01.47
:29.99 :31.48
26) SKOLASKI, JENNIFER JR IOWA 1:01.53
:29.82 :31.71
27) JOHNSON, SUSAN FR WISCONSIN 1:01.54
:30.46 :31.08
28) TOMES, MEGAN FR TENNESSEE 1:01.58
:30.12 :31.46
29) FERRITTO, ELAINE FR TEXAS 1:01.68
:29.84 :31.84
30) JOHNSON, DESIREE JR WASHINGTON 1:01.87
:29.56 :32.31
31) WATANABE, NAOKO SR UCLA 1:01.91
:30.40 :31.51
32) HACKETT, RYANN SO ARIZONA 1:02.02
:30.12 :31.90
33) KNEPPER, MEGAN JR MARYLAND 1:02.14
:29.89 :32.25
34) BRADY, KAITLYN FR MICHIGAN 1:02.30
:30.58 :31.72
35) JESSICA, SIEGELE JR KENTUCKY 1:02.34
:30.52 :31.82
36) DAVIS, BRITTANY FR BRIGHAM YOUNG 1:02.47
:30.30 :32.17
37) SWINDLE, CHRISTINA FR AUBURN 1:02.50
:30.03 :32.47
38) ZHEN, YING JUAN SR HAWAII 1:02.64
:30.76 :31.88
39) BALDINGER, ERIN SO ARIZONA STATE 1:02.74
:30.38 :32.36
40) MARSHALL, SARAH SR PACIFIC 1:03.08
:30.10 :32.98
40) MORRIS, ERIN FR PENN STATE 1:03.08
:30.51 :32.57
42) KOSTNER, TAMMY JR INDIANA 1:03.34
:30.32 :33.02
HARM, TRICIA SO GEORGIA DISQUAL
:00.00 DISQUAL