Kov�cs Wins 200m Breaststroke At US Spring Nationals

April 2, 2003

2003 ConocoPhillips Spring National Championship

INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- The Arizona State swimmers at the 2003 ConocoPhillips Spring National Championships got their meet underway in fine fashion Wednesday behind the lead of �gnes Kov�cs, who won the championship in the 200m breaststroke.

Kov�cs swam the long course 200m breaststroke for the first time this year-the event in which she is the defending Olympic and World Champion-and got her preparations for this summer's FINA World Championships started in fine form. She touched the wall in 2:29.48 to take home first in a field that included NCAA Champion Tara Kirk and NCAA runner-up Anne Poleska. Kov�cs was the number one seed coming into tonight's finals after being the only woman in the morning prelims to break 2:30.00.

There were three other Sun Devils who took part in 'A' championships finals on the evening including David Kolozar, who placed fourth in the 200m butterfly in a time of 2:00.06. Ahmed Hussein placed sixth in the 200m backstroke after recording a 2:02.62 with teammate Christian Harcsas two spots behind him in eighth place after touching the wall in 2:05.13.

Florencia Szigeti competed in the 'C' final of the 100m freestyle and placed 20th after clocking a 57.39.

Action at the Indiana University Natatorium resumes tomorrow morning with prelims beginning at 9 a.m. for the 200m freestyle, the 400m IM, and the 400m freestyle relay. Finals begin at 6 p.m. Swimming for ASU will be Szigeti and Petra Banovic in the 200m free and Kov�cs in the 400m IM. The Sun Devil women are also entered in the 400m free relay.

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