Parmenter Breaks 18-Year-Old School Record At NCAA Championships
March 23, 2002
Three Trojans swimmers and two divers qualified for finals, but it was junior Jennifer Parmenter's record-setting leadoff in USC's school-record-setting and finals-qualifying 400y free relay that highlighted a great final day of prelims at the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas, on Saturday (March 23).
Parmenter broke an 18-year-old USC record by leading off the 400y free relay with a 100y free split of 49.61, bettering Sue Habernigg's 1984 100y free mark of 49.66. That set the tone for the USC relay as senior Kristin MacGregor, junior Michala Kwasny and freshman Joanna Fargus followed suit with strong swims to go 3:19.01, breaking the 1996 mark of 3:19.47 set in 1996.
Freshman Kaitlin Sandeno and Kwasny both made the finals of the 200y fly. Sandeno, who was USC's highest finisher in the swimming events on Friday with a fourth in the 400y IM, qualified for the 200y fly finals with the fifth fastest time (1:57.15).
Kwasny, who made the consolation finals of both IM events earlier in the meet, qualified for her first championship finals heat in this meet by taking eighth in prelims in 1:57.70. Sophomore Jana Krohn, a finalist in the 100y fly, made the consolation cut in the 200y fly in 1:58.97, 16th overall. Freshman Melissa Greene was 43rd in the event in 2:03.66.
'Michala really had a great day,' USC coach Mark Schubert said. 'I give her a lot of credit. She had a tough first two days but she really came in with a lot of determination today and didn't lose her confidence. To make finals and swim so strong in the relay was huge. It was a big emotional lift. And what can you say about Jennifer's leadoff. That was very big for us.'
Freshman Blythe Hartley and sophomore Nicci Fusaro both qualified for finals in the platform, giving them three finals appearances apiece, the first time any USC women's divers have qualified for the finals in all three specialties in the same meet. Senior Kellie Brennan finished 18th (356.85).
Fargus, who was sixth in the 100y back on Friday, qualified for the finals of the 200y back with the fifth fastest time (1:56.17). She is USC's first swimmer to make the finals of both the 100y and 200y back in the same NCAA meet since Hope Gittings did it in 1997. Senior Katie Meyer, 10th in the 100y back, qualified for the consolation finals by finishing 11th overall in 1:57.55.
Parmenter almost broke the school record early on Saturday during the 100y free heats. She swam a 49.80, but it was just short of qualifying for consolation finals, good for 19th overall.
Consolation and championship final heats begin at 7 p.m. CST.