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Sophomore Jamie Reid finished fifth in the finals of the 100-meter back for Florida.

Friday December 3, 2004W. Swimming Claims First Title in 2004 Open

San Antonio, TX

Sophomore Jamie Reid finished fifth in the finals of the 100-meter back for Florida.

After this morning's preliminary round, eight University of Florida women's swim team members advanced onto the final rounds of their event in the 2004 U.S. Open Championships, held in San Antonio, Texas.

Bringing home the women's first title of the three-day meet, the 100-meter medley relay team of Leah Retrum (Columbus, Ind.), Vipa Bernhardt (Bad Hersfelt, Germany), Rebecca Harper (Richmond, Va.) and Caroline Burckle (Louisville, Ky.) combined to finish the race with the fastest time of 4:20.16. Also in the event for 13th place in the finals was the 'B' team, consisting of Jamie Reid (Orlando), Katie McCann (Walpole, Mass.), Meredith Green (Chapel Hill, N.C.) and Natalie Pike (Boca Raton), who finished the relay with a team clocking of 4:31.12.

Swimming for UF in the finals of the 100 back, Reid took fifth place in her heat with a 1:05.81 effort, just .64 of a second behind the heat winner. Also in the event, swimming in the last heat of the back was Retrum, touching the wall in 1:05.38 for a second-place finish. Representing the Gators alone in the 200 free was Pike, who finished in fifth place after swimming the race in 2:06.52.

In the women's 100-meter butterfly was junior and German Olympian Bernhardt, swimming the race in 1:05.04 for a seventh-place finish in her final heat. Three Gators advanced onto the final heat of the women's 400 IM from this morning's preliminary round. Retrum finished the first and fastest heat in runner-up position, after clocking the swim in 4:51.73. In the same heat was McCann, finishing eighth with a 5:00.18 effort for Florida. In the second final heat, Green touched the wall in 5:01.75 for a sixth-place seat among her competitors.

Tomorrow morning will feature the final events of the 2004 U.S. Open. Preliminaries for the day's three individual events and the one relay event will be held on Saturday morning, while the finals for the concluding sessions will begin around 6 pm. (ET) that evening.

Stayed tuned to for live results and a meet recap following the conclusion of the U.S. Open games.


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