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Saturday March 22, 2003W.Swim & Dive Finishes Fifth At NCAA Championships

Gainesville, FL

The University of Florida women's swimming and diving finished fifth at the 2003 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday night at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center in Auburn, Ala. Auburn won the Championships for the second straight year with a team score of 536.

"We are happy about the fifth-place finish, but we thought we could have been better," head coach Gregg Troy said. "We had some great swims and some great performances this week. Other than first place, this was a very closely contested meet and it came down to the finish."

"I am very proud of the team this year," Troy said. "Everyone showed a lot of character and did a great job this season."

The Gators finished the meet with five individuals earning nine All-America honors. Four of Florida's five relay teams also earned All-America honors, while four individuals and one relay team were honorable mention All-American's. During the meet, Florida also broke two individual school records and one relay record. Two records were also within ten one-hundredths of a second from being broken.

Freshman Jamie Reid (Orlando, Fla.) broke her own school record in the 100-yard backstroke, touching the wall in a time of 1:54.44 to finish in fifth place. Sophomore Maureen Farrell (Northridge, Calif.) also finished seventh in the 100-yard back with a time of 1:55.45. Farrell's time of 1:55.14 in the morning prelims is a career-best and is second fastest in school history to Reid's time.

Junior Sara McLarty (Deland, Fla.) finished fourth in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a career-best time of 16:02.60, which ranks fourth in school history. McLarty also finished fourth in last year's NCAA Championships.

After finishing as the top qualifier in the 200-yard breaststroke in the morning prelims with a school record time of 2:09.13, freshman Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfeld, Germany) finished seventh in the championship finals with a time of 2:11.24.

The 400-yard freestyle team consisting of Farrell, senior Renate duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa), junior Chantal Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) and McLarty finished ninth after winning the consolation final with a season-best time of 3:19.21. In the morning prelims, the relay team just missed the championship finals cut after finishing with a time of 3:20.04.

Sophomore Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) finished 10th place in the 200-yard butterfly after finishing second in the consolation final with a season-best time of 1:57.19.

Gibney (Dublin, Ireland) just missed the finals cut for the 100-yard freestyle, finishing in 18th place with a career best time of 49.94. duPlessis (Capetown, South Africa) also swam a career best time of 1:59.71 in the 200-yard backstroke to finish in 26th place.

The 2003 Championships saw many records broken including: two American records, three NCAA records, four NCAA meet records, three U.S. Open records and 10 pool records.

Final Results

Team Scores (top 10)

1. Auburn 536

2. Georgia 373

3. Southern Cal. 284

4. SMU 281

5. Florida 277

6. Stanford 275.5

7. Texas 220

8. California 215

9. Arizona 209

10. Arizona State 135

1,650-yard Freestyle

1. Flavia Rigamonti, SMU 15:43.90 (pool record)

4. Sara McLarty, UF 16:02.60

10. Meredith Green, UF 16:20.28

28. Jamie Tannhauser, UF 16:42.73

200-yard Backstroke

1. Natalie Coughlin, Calif. 1:50.86 (pool record)

5. Jamie Reid, UF 1:54.54 (school record)

7. Maureen Farrell, UF 1:55.45

26. Renate duPlessis, UF 1:59.71

100-yard Freestyle

1. Maritza Correia, Georgia 47.29 (NCAA, NCAA meet, American, US Open, Pool records)

18. Chantal Gibney, UF 49.94

T39. Jaime Ellis, UF 50.55

T50. Diane Tennison, UF 50.70

60. Mary Uhle, UF 50.93

200-yard Breaststroke

1. Tara Kirk, Stanford 2:08.79 (Pool record)

7. Vipa Bernhardt, UF 2:11.24

24. Danielle Duncan, UF 2:16.37

33. Katie Kennedy, UF 2:17.29

200-yard Butterfly

1. Mary DeScenza, Georgia 1:53.51

10. Rebecca Harper, UF 1:57.19

34. Cara Teague, UF 2:01.75

Platform Diving

1. Natalia Diea, Ohio State 476.65

400-yard Freestyle Relay

1. Auburn 3:14.15

9. Florida 3:19.21

(Farrell, duPlessis, Gibney, McLarty)

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