Katie Nelson Repeats as Pac-10 1650 Freestyle Champion

Feb. 17, 2007


Senior Katie Nelson capped off her Pac-10 career with a repeat win in the 1650 Freestyle on the final day of the Pac-10 Swimming Championships. Nelson, who won the event last year, won again on Saturday night in Long Beach, CA, swimming an NCAA automatic time of 16:09.98. As a team, the Bruins finished fourth overall with 1024.5 points, while Arizona won the Pac-10 title for the second consecutive season with a total of 1481 points.

Senior Katie Arnold, swimming in the A Consolation of the 200 Backstroke, just missed her lifetime-best as she swam 1:56.93 for ninth-place overall. That time was an automatic NCAA qualifier and would have placed second had she been in the top final. Sophomores Madeleine Stanton (2:00.51) and Isabell Fischer (2:00.79), also in the A Console, finished 14th and 15th, respectively, as both swam NCAA 'B' qualifiers.

In the 100 Freestyle, sophomore Anna Poteete swam an NCAA 'B' time of 50.20 to finish 12th overall. Senior Amy Thurman was 16th in a time of 51.21.

Sophomore Nicolette Teo swam a lifetime-best to win the A Consolation of the 200 Breast, notching an NCAA 'B' qualifying time of 2:14.59. Senior Jeana Fuccillo (2:16.70) and junior Chiemi Yamamoto (2:16.92) also swam 'B' qualifiers, finishing 10th and 12th overall.

Senior Isabel Miesner won the A Consolation of the 200 Fly, swimming an NCAA 'B' qualifier and lifetime-best 2:01.08. Freshman Hope Thurman finished 16th in a time of 2:04.51. In the B Consolation, junior Shannon Hackett finished 19th with an NCAA 'B' time of 2:02.30, while senior Imagane was 23rd in 2:04.44.

Also in the 1650 Freestyle, Imagane finished 14th with an NCAA 'B' time of 16:44.27.

In the final swim event of the night, the 400 Freestyle Relay, the Bruin team of freshman Ashley Anlauf, senior Luisa Los-Santos, sophomore Kristen Fischer and Thurman finished ninth overall in a time of 3:30.20.

Platform diving points were also added in, as Tess Schofield's win helped solidify a fourth-place finish for the Bruins.

Final Team Standings
1. Arizona, 1481.5
2. Stanford, 1410
3. California, 1355
4. UCLA, 1024.5
5. USC, 826
6. Arizona State, 544
7. Oregon State, 471
8. Washington, 411
9. Washington State, 378