Caitlin Andrew Breaks ASU Record in 50 Freestyle Prelims, Beckberger Also Advances to Finals

Feb. 15, 2007

LONG BEACH, Calif. -

As the 2007 Pacific-10 Conference Women's Swimming Championships continued during the event's second of four days of action, ArizonaStateUniversity showcased its second school record-breaking performance in as many days as ASU places two swimmers into the finals round of the 50 freestyle.


Junior Caitlin Andrew finished the preliminary round of the 50 free in 22.63, breaking the previous school record by merely .01 seconds.  By breaking the record previously set in 2001 by Claire Hedenskog, Andrew earned an automatic NCAA Championships berth and advanced to the event's finals round.


After establishing the Sun Devil standard in the 50 free, Andrew now holds four individual ASU records (50 free, 100 free, 100 back and 100 fly) and two relay records (200 free relay and 200 medley relay), and her six individual and relay school records are more than any individual swimmer in the history of Arizona State University.


Joining Andrew in the 50 free finals is sophomore Jen Beckberger, who rounded out the preliminary round's top eight, touching in a personal best time of 22.98, which stands as the third-fastest finish in the event in ASU history and earns Beckberger an NCAA `B' qualifying consideration. 


With their performances in the early round of the 50 free, Andrew and Beckberger continue their impressive start to the Pac-10 Championships, as the two joined senior Carissa Abe and junior Sara McDaniel on Wednesday's school record-breaking 200 medley relay, as the group finished in 1:40.08.


Also, the Sun Devils fielded the fifth-place finishing 200 freestyle relay, which ultimately touched in an NCAA `B' qualifying time of 1:32.47.


Additionally, ASU's women competed in the preliminary rounds of the 500 freestyle and 200 IM events.


The finals rounds of the 2007 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships in Long Beach, Calif. will begin Thursday, Feb. 15 at 6 p.m. PST, as Andrew and Beckberger will compete to claim a coveted individual Pac-10 Championship and boost ASU's overall score.

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