Soni Top Qualifier In NCAA Championships 100y Breast Prelim

March 21, 2008


Junior Rebecca Soni, a two-time NCAA champion in the 200y breast, took a big step toward winning her first in the 100y breast by qualifying for the NCAA final in the event with the fastest time Friday morning on the second day of prelims at the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.

Soni, who entered this year NCAA Championships with nation's top times in both breaststroke distance, swam a 59.51 to earn the top seed in tonight's final. Arizona's Annie Chandler, was second to Soni at the 2008 Pac-10s, qualified second behind Soni in prelims at 1:00.23.

Soni, who was second in the 100y breast at the 2006 NCAA Championships and sixth last year, become just the fourth woman ever to go under 59.00 seconds in the event during her Pac-10 title swim earlier this year (58.98).

Also in prelims Friday, junior Katy Houston was 18th in the 100y breast (1:01.70), senior Emily Goetsch was 22nd in the 100y fly (53.50), junior Rachael Waller was 46th in the 200y free (1:48.19), senior Whitney Hentzen was 64th in the 200y free (1:49.34) and junior Kristen Lahey was 29th in the 100y back (54.88).

Lahey, Soni, Goetsch and Waller swam the 200y medley relay, finishing 20th (1:40.77).

Finals begin tonight at 7 p.m. (EDT).

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