Four Swimmers, Two Divers Make Finals Cut On Second Day Of NCAA Prelims

March 22, 2002

Freshman Kaitlin Sandeno, senior Kristin MacGregor, freshman Joanna Fargus, sophomore Jana Krohn, freshman Blythe Hartley and sophomore Nicci Fusaro all qualified for finals during the prelims of the second day of the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Jamail Texas Swim Center in Austin, Texas, on Friday (March 22).

Sandeno, who has battled through injuries all year that have severely limited her training time, qualified for her first NCAA Championships finals with a 4:11.92 in the 400y medley, the fourth best time of the morning.

MacGregor, a two-time NCAA finalist in the 100 breast and the USC record holder in both yards and meters, qualified for her third such appearance by finishing with the eighth-best time of the morning in 1:01.18.

Sophomore Jana Krohn, fifth last year in the 100y fly at NCAAs, qualified sixth for finals on Friday in 53.52.

Fargus qualified for her first career NCAA finals with a 54.55 in the 100y back, good for seventh in prelims. Senior Katie Meyer just missed the championship cut, but made the consolation finals. She was 10th overall in 54.63.

Junior Michala Kwasny qualified for her second consecutive consolation finals, finishing 14th in the 400y IM in 4:16.48.

The 200y medley relay unit of Fargus, MacGregor, Krohn and junior Jennifer Parmenter set a USC record in 1:40.83, but missed qualifying for the championship finals by .04, settling for the top seed in the consolation finals. The quartet broke the 1997 school mark set at NCAAs by Hope Gittings, Kristine Quance, Karen Campbell and Paige Francis.

Other USC finishers from prelims included Melissa Deary, 39th in the 200y free (1:49.54), Parmenter, 28th in the 200y free (1:48.45) and freshman Melissa Green, 45th in the 100y fly (56.01).

Hartley, who won the 1-meter title on Thursday, was the top qualifier in the 3-meter on Friday. Fusaro, eighth on Thursday, qualified sixth for finals. Senior Kellie Brennan just missed the cut, qualifying ninth.

The 800y free relay will be swum at the end of finals tonight.

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

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