Women's Swimming Qualify Two For Finals On Second Day of Competition at NCAA Championships

March 18, 2005

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The Arizona State University women's swimming and diving team completed preliminary action on the second day of competition at the 2005 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center, qualifying two for the finals held Friday evening. Finals are set to begin at 7 p.m. (EST).

Freshman Caitlin Andrew swam into seventh-place in preliminary action in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.35. Andrew is the 2005 Pac-10 Champion in the 100 butterfly event, where she set a school-record time of 52.64. She will compete in the finals Friday evening. Two of the competitors in the final eight, Whitney Myers (Arizona) and Dana Kirk (Stanford), Andrew defeated in the Pac-10 meet. She entered the NCAA Championships with the second-fastest time in the nation, trailing only Mary Descenza of Georgia (52.12).

Senior All-American Ágnes Kovács finished eighth in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:01.44. Kovács finished second at the Pac-10 Championships in the 100 breaststroke, where she swam a season-best time of 1:00.96 in the preliminaries. She will compete in the finals Friday evening. Kovács entered the NCAAs with the fifth-fastest time in the nation.

Junior Heidi Schmidt was also in action in the 100 breaststroke event, swimming into 21st with a time of 1:02.59. Schmidt finished third in the 100 breaststroke at the Pac-10 Championships. Andrew also hit the water in the 100 backstroke event Friday morning, swimming into 27th with a time of 55.02. She swam into third-place with a school-record performance at the Pac-10 Championships (54.10). Senior All-American Florencia Szigeti hit the water in the 200 freestyle event, swimming into 28th overall with a time of 1:48.88.

The Sun Devils 200 medley relay team of Szigeti, Andrew, Kovács and Schmidt were also in action Friday morning but failed to post a qualifying time due to disqualification.

A preliminary score for Trisha Tumlinson in the three-meter springboard diving event has not been reported. Finals for the second day of competition begin at 7 p.m. (EST) at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center.

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