Cats Start Strong

March 18, 2010

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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Arizona opened the 2010 NCAA Championships with several strong performances today at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center and head into night one of finals right where they need to be.

 

The Cats had the fastest swim of any team in the 400 Medley Relay with the foursome of Ana Agy, Ellyn Baumgardner, Whitney Lopus and Justine Schluntz turning in a time of 3:31.16.  The relay went under review by officials but was ultimately deemed legal.  It was ruled that a touchpad malfunctioned and it was removed.

 

In the 500 freestyle, Leo Vorster won heat four with a time of 4:40.21.  She outpaced Florida’s Melania Costa Schmid over the final 100 yards.  Joni Keith was third in the heat with a time of 4:41.27. Alyssa Anderson placed third in heat eight and qualified fourth overall.  Susana Helms was third in heat five with a time of 4:44.35. Vorster’s time held up for ninth best.

 

The Cats had a strong performance in the 200 Individual Medley with Andrea Boritzke and Jenny Forster each placing into the consolation heat tonight. Boritzke and Forster turned in respective times of 1:57.67 and 1:57.27. Caitlin Iversen and Annie Chandler just missed the consols as well, placing 18th and 19th respectively.

 

UA kicked off the morning with the 200 free relay team of Schluntz, Agy, Boritzke and Emma Darlington swimming a time of 1:29.01 to qualify as the seventh fastest team and a spot in the final heat later tonight.

 

In the 50 freestyle sprint, Schluntz qualified for the consols while Darlington could not make it back.

 

Results From Prelims

 

200 Free Relay

7. Arizona – 1:29.01

 

500 Freestyle

4. Alyssa Anderson – 4:39.33

9. Leone Vorster – 4:40.21

24. Joni Keith – 4:44.27

26. Susana Helms – 4:44.35

 

200 I.M.

12. Jenny Forster – 1:57.29

14. Andrea Boritzke – 1:57.67

18. Caitlin Iversen – 1:58.29

19. Annie Chandler – 1:58.44

46. Hannah Ross – 2:00.96

52. Dana Christ – 2:01.50

 

50 Freestyle (Times and placements still pending)

Justine Schluntz – Qualified for Consolation heat

Emma Darlington

 

400 Medley Relay

1. Arizona -- 3:31.16

 

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