Soni Wins NCAA 200y Breaststroke Title For Second Straight Year
March 10, 2007
Sophomore Rebecca Soni successfully defended her NCAA title in the 200y breast and juniors Whitney Hentzen, Brittany Allen and Kim Popp all scored points to lead USC on the final session of the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis on Saturday (March 10).
Soni, who qualified second in the prelims in 2:10.25, won her second consecutive title in the race in 2:08.23, just off her 2006 school record (2:08.16).
The first Trojan to repeat as 200y breast NCAA champion since Kristine Quance did it in 1996 and 1997, Soni led the race wire to wire. Stanford's Caroline Bruce, who defeated Soni for the Pac-10 title last month, was only 0.21 behind Soni after 50 yards, but fell more than a second off the pace halfway through the race. As she started the final 50 yards, Soni led by more than two seconds and cruised to the title.
In the 1650y free, Hentzen lowered her personal to 16:16.75, finishing 13th, while Allen also set a personal milestone in 16:19.15. Both juniors had already set lifetime bests at the Pac-10 Championships earlier in the season.
Junior diver Kim Popp, in her second straight NCAA Championships, made her individual scoring debut by finishing 13th on platform in 256.10.
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