NCAA Championships Day 1 Prelim Report

March 16, 2006

USC's 400-yard medley relay of sophomore Hayley McGregory, freshmen Rebecca Soni and Kristen Lahey and sophomore Rhi Jeffrey qualified for the finals with a school record and the morning's top time and McGregory and Jeffrey also posted individual school records to highlight Troy's preliminary action on the first day of the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Thursday (March 16).

Finals begin at 6 p.m. (EST), and will include the 1-meter springboard final, whose prelim action will finish later this afternoon. USC senior Blythe Hartley, a one-time NCAA winner in the event, will seek to make her 10th NCAA diving final in 10 tries.

In the 400y medley relay, USC's time of 3:35.44 bested the Women of Troy's three-week old record of 3:36.29 set in its title-winning swim at the Pac-10 Championships. McGregory's lead-off backstroke leg of 53.66 also broke her own school record over 100 yards, the third time she's broken the record this season.

The relay qualifying time was just ahead of Georgia's 3:35.66 and Arizona's 3:35.71, setting up what could be a hotly contested final.

Three Trojans qualified for consolation finals. Jeffrey was 10th in the 50y free (22.52), her time less than a tenth of a second from qualifying her for the final, but good enough to tie Karen Campbell's school record set at the 1999 NCAA Championships.

Junior Kalyn Keller was 11th in the 500y free (4:44.46) and Soni was 12th in the 200y IM (2:00.49, a USC season best).

Other USC finishers included freshman Katy Houston in the 200y IM (season-best 2:01.41, 23rd), Missy McIntyre in the 200y IM (2:04.25, 58th), Rachael Waller in the 500y free (4:55.72, 52nd) and Lahey in the 50y free (23.11, 33rd).

USC's 200y free relay of McIntyre, Lahey, McGregory and Waller was 21st (1:32.70).

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