Arnold Earns All-American Honors in 100 Backstroke

March 9, 2007

Katie Arnold highlighted the No. 16 Bruin Swim and Dive team on day two of the NCAA Championships in Minneapolis, MN as the senior tied for sixth in the 100 Backstroke in a time of 53.67. The Bruins moved up to 16th-place after today's competition with 37.5 points. Arizona continues to lead with 375 points, while Auburn is close behind with 343 points.

Arnold had the eighth fastest qualifier in the prelims, also 53.67, and moved up to sixth in the final to earn All-American honors.

The 200 Medley relay team of Arnold, junior Nicolette Teo, Senior Amy Thurman and sophomore Anna Poteete earned All-American honors with their 14th-place finish in a time of 1:40.40.

Teo also earned All-American honors in the 100 Breaststroke with her 15th-place finish, swimming 1:02.00.

Thurman placed 47th in the 100 Fly in a time of 55.87. Nelson was 48th in the 200 Free (1:49.26), while Poteete was 63rd, swimming 1:50.30.

In three-meter diving action, senior Sara Clark was UCLA's highest finisher, placing 16th with a score of 310.00. Fellow senior Amanda Blong finished 27th (292.35), while sophomore Marisa Samaniego was 31st (286.95).

'Sara had a great second list of dives today,' said dive coach Tom Stebbins. 'She missed one dive, and without that miss, would have been 12th. I'm just really happy for her and everything she has done this year. This was a great finish to her career.

On Saturday, Nelson will swim for an NCAA title in the 1650 Freestyle, while diver Tess Schofield also competes for a title on the tower event. Thurman and Poteete will swim in the 100 Free, Teo in the 200 Breast and Arnold will go for her second individual All-American honor in the 200 Back.

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