Hartley, Fusaro Reach 1-Meter NCAA Finals

March 21, 2002

USC freshman diver Blythe Hartley and sophomore diver Nicci Fusaro both reached the finals of the 1-meter springboard and the 400y medley relay team also qualified for finals to highlight the Trojans' efforts during the prelims of the first day of the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas, on Thursday (March 21).

Hartley, the Pac-10 and Zone E champion in the 1-meter, qualified first with 333.95 points while Fusaro made her first NCAA final in the event by finishing eighth with 280.60. Senior Kellie Brennan was 20th (246.85).

The relay unit of freshman Joanna Fargus, senior Kristin MacGregor, sophomore Jana Krohn and junior Jennifer Parmenter finished fifth in prelims in 1:38.07, a season's best mark. All earn All-America honors for the swim.

While no USC swimmers reached the championship finals individually on the first day, there were a handful of Trojans that reached the consolation finals, which does count in scoring in the meet.

Junior Asa Sandlund (4:45.95) and sophomore Melissa Deary (4:45.97) reached the consolation final of the 500y free in 13th and 14th, respectively.

Junior Michala Kwasny (1:59.83) and MacGregor (2:00.80) made the consolation final of the 200y IM by finishing 11th and 16th, respectively. Kwasny's time was less than a quarter of a second off of qualifying for finals.

The 200y free relay squad of Parmenter, senior Kirsten Rich, Kwasny and MacGregor took ninth in 1:31.54, the top qualifier for consolations but one spot short of qualifying for finals.

Other USC finishers included freshman Kaitlin Sandeno, 21st in the 500y free (4:47.43), Krohn, 29th in the 500y free (4:49.34), Fargus, 43rd in the 500y free (4:51.96), senior Katie Meyer, 45th in the 500y free (4:52.42) and Rich, 48th in the 50y free (23.38).

Consolation and championship final heats begin at 7 p.m. CST.

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