Allen Finals In 500y Free At Pac-10 Championships

Feb. 15, 2007

Junior Brittany Allen competed in her first conference final race, finishing a career-best seventh to pace the No. 14 USC women's swimming team on the second day of the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships on Friday (Feb. 15) at Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif.

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Allen, whose previous best was a 15th in the 500y last year, finished the event in 4:49.08 for her seventh. She qualified for the final with a season-best 4:47.99 in prelims.

Freshman Kristina Rigterink just missed qualifying for the final, her prelim time of 4:48.83 a season-best and just a half second off a top eight mark. Junior Whitney Hentzen finished just behind Rigterink in 4:49.04. Rigterink and Hentzen finished 13th (4:49.56) and 12th (4:48.37), respectively, after consolation final swims.

Kristen Lahey earned a second swim in the 50y free and made the most of it, swimming a season-best 22.92. Rachael Waller and Emily Goetsch did the same in the 500y free, each posting season bests in 4:51.47 and 4:51.81, respectively.

Rigterink, senior Kristina Sieper, sophomore Missy McIntyre and freshman Whitney Stephenson took seventh in the 200y free in 1:34.29.

The meet continues Friday and Saturday with prelims at 11 a.m. and finals at 6 p.m.

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