Sun Devils Set Two School Records, Andrew to Compete in 100 Fly Championships Friday

March 9, 2007


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With the preliminary rounds coming to a close during day two of the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the UniversityAquaticCenter in Minneapolis, Minn., No. 23 Arizona State University enjoyed an impressive afternoon in the water, led by junior Caitlin Andrew, who a spot in the 100 butterfly championship finals round and contributed a pair of ASU record-breaking performances.


Continuing her incredible track record at the NCAA Championships, Andrew tied Christine Magnuson of Tennessee for second overall in the 100 butterfly preliminary round, finishing in 52.56.  Andrew, ASU's record holder in the 100 fly, was the national runner-up in the event last season, while placing fourth overall as a freshman at the 2005 NCAA Championships.  The San Antonio, Texas native will return Friday evening for the 100 butterfly championship finals round, aiming to add a national championship to her already legendary career resume.


Andrew concluded the day's preliminary rounds with an excellent 100 backstroke performance, breaking her ASU record in the event by .12 seconds by finishing in 53.69.  In addition to achieving yet another Sun Devil standard, she placed ninth overall, only .02 seconds from qualifying for the event's championship finals round.  Andrew will return for the 100 backstroke consolation finals, looking to help add to the Sun Devils' overall score.


For the second consecutive day, ASU showcased a school record-breaking relay performance, as in the event's preliminary round, the Sun Devils broke the school 200 medley relay mark.  Senior Carissa Abe, freshman Sara McDaniel, Andrew and sophomore Jen Beckberger combined to finish the event in 1:39.71, passing the mark of 1:40.08 set by the very same combination of swimmers which was achieved at the Pac-10 Conference Championships in February.  Achieving the Sun Devil record also placed the relay 10th overall, which invites ASU back for Friday's 200 medley relay consolation finals round. Prior to the Pac-10 Championships, ASU's 200 medley relay record stood at 1:40.87 and was swam by Miranda Shald, Agnes Kovacs, Sarah Baham and Claire Hedenskog in 2001.


In individual action, Beckberger entered her name into the Sun Devil record books Friday, swimming the seventh-fastest 200 freestyle in school history, touching in 1:48.49, placing her 36th overall in the event.


McDaniel also competed for the Sun Devils during Friday's preliminary rounds, placing 30th overall in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:02.99


The final rounds of the 200 medley relay, 400 individual medley, 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, three-meter diving and 800 freestyle relay will be held Friday evening, closing out day two of three at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.


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