NCAA Championships Day 2 Prelim Report

March 17, 2006


Sophomore Hayley McGregory broke the school's 100-yard backstroke time for the fifth time in less than a month to qualify for a final and freshmen Rebecca Soni and USC's 200y medley relay also made the finals, leading USC's efforts on the second morning of the 2006 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium in Athens, Ga., on Friday (March 17).

Also competing to make the finals is senior Blythe Hartley, who won her fourth NCAA title on Thursday. On 3-meter today, she is attempting to make her 11th NCAA final in 11 tries. Finals begin at 7 p.m. EST.

McGregory, who led off USC's record-setting 400y medley relay that finished second on Thursday, went under the Women of Troy's 100y back time for the fifth time this year when she qualified fifth for finals in 53.48. Before this season, no Trojan had gone under 54.00. She's now done it six times.

Soni, also on the 400y medley relay, snuck into the 100y breaststroke final tonight in 1:01.31, seventh overall. She entered the meet with the second-fastest time in the country and will challenge for her first NCAA title.

Both McGregory and Soni joined freshman Kristen Lahey and sophomore Rhi Jeffrey on USC's 200y medley relay that kicked off the morning by making the finals in seventh in a school-record 1:39.67, erasing the mark set earlier this year against UCLA (1:39.97).

Two Trojans qualified for consolation final appearances. Jeffrey was 14th in the 200y free (1:47.72) and freshman Missy McIntyre was 12th in the 100y breast (1:01.91).

Other USC finishers included junior Kalyn Keller in the 400y IM (31st, 4:22.03), Lahey in the 100y fly (25th, 54.42) and 100y back (23rd, 54.89), sophomore Emily Goetsch in the 100y fly (29th, 54.56), freshman Rachael Waller in the 200y free (1:49.79) and junior Kristina Sieper in the 100y breast (1:03.26).

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