Soni Earns Top Seed In NCAA Championship 200y Breast Final

March 22, 2008


Junior Rebecca Soni, not much more than a half day removed from winning an NCAA title in the 100y breast, continued her quest to win her third straight NCAA crown in the 200y breast by qualifying for the final with the fastest time out of prelims on the last morning of the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio, on Saturday (March 22).

Joining Soni tonight in finals will be senior Emily Goetsch, who reached the consolation finals of the 200y fly with a personal best 1:57.61 in prelims. It's her first consolation final since appearing in the 100y fly in 2005.

Also in prelims, junior Katy Houston tied for 23rd in the 200y breast (2:14.30) and junior Rachael Waller tied for 52nd in the 100y free (50.10), turning in a personal best time.

Soni's time in prelims was 2:07.53, more than a second ahead of the next fastest time, a 2:08.80 by Stanford's Elizabeth Smith. Smith was second to Soni at the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. At that meet, Soni won the conference crown in 2:06.11, less than a second off the American record and more than 3.5 seconds ahead of Smith.

Also swimming later today is senior Whitney Hentzen in a timed final of the 1650y free. She was 13th in the race last year.

The 2008 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships is Thursday through Saturday (March 27-29) in Seattle, Wash.

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