Friday March 21, 2003Women's Swim & Dive In Fifth At NCAA Championships
Two Florida school records were within ten one-hundredths of a second from being broken as the women's swimming and diving team is tied for fifth place with a team score of 192 Friday evening at the 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Auburn is currently leading the 37-team competition with a team score of 389.
"We had some people swim really great today," head coach Gregg Troy said. "Sara McLarty and Renate duPlessis swam great and I thought Maureen Farrell swam well. We had a couple of people that did not swim very well this morning and that put us a little bit behind the plate, but we came back and swam outstanding tonight."
Junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) was only nine one-hundredths of a second off of Tracy Caulkins school record time of 4:07.75, set in 1984, as she finished fourth in the 400-yard individual medley with a career best time of 4:07.84.
"It felt great to be so close to Tracy Caulkin's record," McLarty said. "I normally talk myself out of it in the middle of the race, but I was so excited to be right next to [Maggie] Bowen that I didn't do it this time."
Senior Renate duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa) was also close to breaking the school record in the 100-yard butterfly as she finished in seventh place with a time of 53.02. The time was seven one-hundredths of a second off of Dara Torres school record of 52.95 that Torres set in 1988. duPlessis also finished fifth in the 100-yard backstroke touching the wall in a time of 53.87. Her time of 53.74 in the morning prelims ranks second in school history.
The 200-yard medley relay team consisting of duPlessis, freshman Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany), senior Cara Teague (Sugar Land, Texas) and sophomore Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) touched the wall in 1:39.16 to finish in seventh place. The time ranks second best in school history to their own school record time of 1:39.01 they set last month at the Southeastern Conference (SEC) meet. Auburn won the relay setting the NCAA Meet, American, U.S. Open and pool records.
Bernhardt, the school record holder in the 100- and 200-yard breaststrokes, finished eighth in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.02.
Farrell placed 10th in the 100-yard backstroke, finishing second in the consolation final with a career-best time of 54.10. Her time ties former Gator Kristen Linehan's for third best in school history, behind current teammate duPlessis.
Florida's 800-yard freestyle relay team of Gibney, McLarty, freshman Mary Uhle (St. Ingbert, Germany) and junior Jaime Ellis (Spring, Texas) ended Friday night's competition with a fourth place finish, touching the wall in a time of 7:10.54.
In the morning prelims, junior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) was Florida's highest finisher in the 200-yard freestyle as she just missed the finals cut, placing 17th with a time of 1:47.90.
The final day of competition at the NCAA Championships will begin with preliminary races to start Saturday morning at noon Eastern Time with the finals of those races to begin at 8 p.m. Eastern Time.
Team Scores After Day 2 (top 10)
T5. Florida 192
T5. Texas 192
7. SMU 188
8. California 154
9. Arizona 136
10. Virginia 78
200-yard Medley Relay
1. Auburn 1:36.69 (NCAA, America, US Open, Pool records)
7. Florida 1:39.16
(duPlessis, Bernhardt, Teague, Farrell)
400-yard Individual Medley
1. Maggie Bowen, Auburn 4:06.15
4. Sara McLarty, UF 4:07.84
17. Jamie Reid, UF 4:17.45
24. Meredith Green, UF 4:18.90
27. Blair Beard, UF 4:20.52
36. Katie Kennedy, UF 4:22.87
1. Natalie Coughlin, Calif. 50.62 (pool record)
7. Renate duPlessis, UF 53.02
29. Cara Teague, UF 54.75
36. Rebecca Harper, UF 55.13
42. Diane Tennison, UF 55.55
T1. Jessi Perruquet, UNC 1:45.01
T1. Heather Kemp, Auburn 1:45.01
17. Chantal Gibney, UF 1:47.90
30. Jaime Ellis, UF 1:49.01
39. Mary Uhle, UF 1:49.83
1. Tara Kirk, Stanford 58.62 (NCAA meet, pool records)
8. Vipa Bernhardt, UF 1:01.02
36. Danielle Duncan, UF 1:04.62
1. Natalie Coughlin, Calif. 50.92 (pool record)
5. Renate duPlessis, UF 53.87
10. Maureen Farrell, UF 54.10
18. Jamie Reid, UF 54.78
1. Yulia Pakhalina, Houston 657.30
800-yard Freestyle Relay
4. Florida 7:10.54
(Gibney, McLarty, Uhle, Ellis)