Arizona Women's Swimming And Diving Places Fifth At 2001 NCAA Championships

March 17, 2001

LONG ISLAND, N.Y. - The University of Arizona women's swimming anddiving team placed fifth with 304 total points to finish the 2001 NCAAWomen's Swimming and Diving Championships. Georgia took home first place with389 points, while Stanford finished in a close second with 387.5 points.Texas (350.5) and Auburn (324) placed third and fourth respectively. Thecompetition was held at the Nassau Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y.

For the second consecutive night Arizona captured first place in achampionship final. Sophomore Amanda Beard is the 2001 NCAA champion in the200 breast (2:09.09). Beard took the race in the last 25 yards to out touchStanford freshman Tara Kirk by nine one hundredths of a second.

'This was a good way for me to end the meet. It was a good race and agood way to go out. The race and the meet have been a lot of fun for ourteam,' said Beard.

Wildcat sophomore Beth Botsford participated in the championship finalsof the 200 back tonight. Botsford finished the race in second place and swamto the time of 1:55.65.

In the consolation final of the 100 free junior Jenny Vanker placed first(ninth overall) with the time of 49.47. Junior Erin Vogt swam in theconsolation of the 200 fly and also placed first (ninth overall) when shetouched the wall at 1:58.68.

The Cat's 400 freestyle relay team, made up of Vanker, and juniorsCaroline Kilian, Sarah Tolar and Michelle Engelsman, grabbed third place inthe championship finals of the event. Arizona's relay swam to the time of3:17.26 to finish the meet.

Senior diver Lindsay Berryman took home eighth place on the 10 metertonight, scoring 373.90 points. Fellow senior Adrian David scored 353.35points on the 10 meter to place 16th.

Arizona head coach Frank Busch said, 'We're a little disappointed maybethat we didn't finish in the top four, but knowing the adversity that oursquad faced this year it was nice to see them work hard and finish in fifthplace. It is very difficult for me to put into words the effort the women putin to this meet, it was just tremendous.'

California Golden Bear freshman Natalie Coughlin broke four recordstonight in the championship finals of the 200 back. Coughlin swam to the timeof 1:51.02 breaking the nine year old NCAA meet record, the NCAA record, theAmerican record and the U.S. Open record.

Breaking three more records during tonight's competition was the Texas400 freestyle relay team. The team broke the NCAA record, the American recordand the U.S. Open record when they finished the race in the time of 3:14.52.

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