Women's Swimming & Diving In 12th After Day Two Of NCAAs

March 21, 2003

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AUBURN, Ala. -- The No. 15 Arizona State women's swimming & diving squad is in 12th place after the second of three days of competition at the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships. �gnes Kov�cs earned a fourth place finish in the 100 breast in Friday's finals for the Sun Devils.

In the first event of the evening, ASU's 200 medley relay squad of Florencia Szigeti, Kov�cs, Florence Mauro and Claire Hedenskog clocked the third-fastest time in school history with a 1:41.24, to place 13th and earn honorable mention All-America honors. Auburn's foursome won the event with a 1:36.69 to set new American, U.S. Open, and NCAA records.

The 200 freestyle featured fast swims from both Petra Banovic and Szigeti. Banovic placed 12th in the consolation final (1:47.79) after a morning prelim of 1:47.59 broke her own Sun Devil record that she set at the Pac-10 Championships. Szigeti finished the consolation final in 15th (1:48.04) after her morning prelim of 1:47.86 put her second all-time in school history. Both swimmers earned honorable mention All-America honors.

In the 100 breaststroke, Kov�cs earned first-team All-America honors with a fourth place finish in 1:00.21. Kov�cs climbed a spot from last year's championships, where she finished fifth in the 100 breast.

The 800 freestyle relay saw Banovic, Szigeti, Sandra Steffensen, and Kari Wilcox record a 7:18.10 to place 13th. All achieved honorable mention All-America honors.

ASU did not have an entry in the finals of the 400 Individual Medley, the 100 butterfly or the 100 back.

In the diving pool, Trisha Tumlinson recorded a 24th place finish after scoring a 431.90 in the second round of competition. In the preliminary round of optionals, Tumlinson registered a 275.00.

The final day of action at the meet begins tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. with the preliminary round. The finals begin at 6:00 p.m. The standings for the top 13 teams after day 2 are as follows:

1) AUBURN 389
2) GEORGIA 262
3) STANFORD 202.5
5) TEXAS 192
6) FLORIDA 192
7) SMU 188
9) ARIZONA 136
13) UCLA 73

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