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Women's NCAAs, Day 3: Georgia's Mary descenza Defends Her 200 Fly Title, sets NCAA Record -- March 20, 2004

By Phillip Whitten

200 meter butterfly
COLLEGE STATION, Texas, March 20. THE 200 fly turned into the closest race of the meet, with the top five finishers separated only by half a second.

At the end it was Georgia’s Mary Descenza, repeating as champion s her 2:06.02 sliced 2-hundredths of a second off Liu Limin’s NCAA record from four years ago.

Kaitlin Sandeno just missed in her bid for three titles, taking second in 2:06.07. Arizona frosh Whitney Myers was third in 2:06.33.

Dana Kirk, who led at the 100 (1:00.09) was fourth (2:06.54) and Emily Mason fifth (2:06.57).

Swim this race five different times with this field and you just might get five different winners.

Offiial Results: 200-Meter Butterfly Finals

EVENT: 19 WOMEN's 200 Meter Butterfly

NCAA Record: 2:06.04 Limin Liu Nevada 2000
World Record: 2:04.04 Yang, Yu CHN 2004
American Record: 2:05.65 Mary T. Meagher USA 1981
US Open Record: 2:05.65 Mary T. Meagher USA 1981
QUALIFYING FOR "A" Cut: 1:58.11
QUALIFYING FOR This Meet: 1:59.92

RESULTS of FINALS

RANK NAME YEAR TEAM PRELIM TIME

CHAMPIONSHIP FINAL

1) DESCENZA, MARY SO GEORGIA 2:08.98 2:06.02**
:28.57 :31.56 :32.54 :33.35
** NCAA Record:
2) SANDENO, KAITLIN JR SOUTHERN CAL. 2:07.69 2:06.07
:28.63 :31.74 :32.56 :33.14
3) MYERS, WHITNEY FR ARIZONA 2:07.30 2:06.33
:28.90 :32.04 :32.62 :32.77
4) KIRK, DANA SO STANFORD 2:09.03 2:06.54
:28.37 :31.72 :32.68 :33.77
5) MASON, EMILY JR ARIZONA 2:08.93 2:07.57
:28.74 :32.24 :33.10 :33.49
6) VANDENBERG, KIM SO UCLA 2:08.07 2:07.78
:29.07 :31.74 :32.71 :34.26
7) LEE, GEORGINA SR SOUTHERN METHOD. 2:09.53 2:08.11
:29.22 :32.21 :33.64 :33.04
8) YEVAK, KATIE JR GEORGIA 2:09.96 2:09.44
:29.54 :32.80 :33.32 :33.78

CONSOLATION FINAL

9) CHRISTIANSON,DEMERA SR AUBURN 2:10.01 2:10.07
:29.59 :33.27 :34.00 :33.21
10) STOJANOVSKA, VESNA FR GEORGIA TECH 2:11.63 2:11.02
:29.99 :33.64 :33.57 :33.82
11) LEWIS, KRISTEN SR UCLA 2:10.56 2:11.05
:29.94 :32.25 :33.80 :35.06
12) REILLY, ERIN FR CALIFORNIA 2:11.70 2:11.98
:31.01 :33.49 :34.14 :33.34
13) PEDDER, MARGIE SR SOUTHERN CAL. 2:11.63 2:12.45
:30.39 :33.69 :34.52 :33.85
14) WEEKS, KELLY SR NORTH CAROLINA 2:12.41 2:12.57
:30.62 :34.01 :33.75 :34.19
15) KOZAK, MARISA JR SOUTHERN CAL. 2:12.67 2:12.86
:29.54 :33.66 :34.44 :35.22
16) SARAH, BUGDEN SO INDIANA 2:11.78 2:13.02
:30.19 :33.78 :34.20 :34.85