Another Great Day for the Wildcats at NCAA's
March 20, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Going into Friday evening, Arizona knew it was set up to score a lot of points, but no one could have predicted the dramatic events which unfolded and gave the Cats a shot at winning the overall team championship.
Beginning the evening’s events, the Wildcats won their second NCAA title of the 2010 Championships coming by way of the 200 medley relay. The foursome of Ana Agy, Annie Chandler, Erin Campbell and Justine Schluntz blew the competition away in route to a facility record time of 1:35.75. The Cats also caught a break when Georgia was disqualified on the relay after leaving early on takeoff leg three.
The title was Campbell’s first of her career while Schluntz, Chandler and Agy won last night’s 400 medley relay and have been NCAA relay champs many times over. Chandler was particularly impressive, splitting a 26.30 to foreshadow what she had in store for the 100 breast.
Adding to her honors, Campbell earned individual All-American honors in the 100 butterfly as she moved up one position from her prelim finish and swam a 52.58 to place seventh overall. In the consolation heat, Agy and Whitney Lopus each added to Arizona’s point total with fourth and sixth place finishes, respectively.
In the 200 freestyle, Leone Vorster also became an individual All-American as she placed seventh with a time of 1:45.15 showing. Earlier in prelims, Alyssa Anderson just missed qualifying for the consolation heat as she finished 17th overall.
Trailing Stanford, Georgia, Cal and Florida in the point totals after these events, the Wildcat breaststroke duo of Chandler and freshman Ellyn Baumgardner swam perhaps the perfect race. Chandler, an All-American and NCAA relay champ, finally achieved the individual NCAA title in the 100 breaststroke that she had toiled after through four seasons. The San Antonio native not only won the title, but she broke the NCAA and NCAA meet record, previously held by Rebecca Soni, with a shattering time of 58.06.
On top of Chandler’s impressive accomplishment, Baumgardner proved that she’ll be a force to be reckoned with over the years as she placed third overall in the same race as just a freshman.
Next up was the 100 backstroke and Agy proved once again she could be counted upon as she placed 5th overall to earn All-American honors yet again and provide the Cats with even more of a boost. Also scoring points in the consolation heat were Schluntz and Andrea Boritzke, who were second and sixth, respectively.
Suddenly, the Cats found themselves in second place, trailing first place Stanford by just three points.
Following diving events, the Wildcats placed 8th overall in the timed 800 free relay to score an additional 22 points in the final event on Friday. The team of Vorster, Anderson, Lopus and Jenny Forster went 7:04.59 in heat two.
Heading into day three, Arizona finds itself in third place with 259.5 points trailing first place Stanford (266.5) and Georgia (262.5). California is also hot on UA’s heels as they sit in fourth place with 256 points.
All told, tomorrow’s events are sure to be exciting and could come down to the final event, as it did last season.
Point Standings Through Night Two
1. Stanford – 266.5
2. Georgia – 262.5
3. Arizona – 259.5
4. California – 256
5. Florida – 236