March 1, 2008
ATHENS, Ga. - Auburn's Julie Golden and Blakeley Bunch came in with a pair of NCAA provisional qualifying times Saturday as they competed in the Georgia Bulldog Invitational in Athens, Ga.
The meet serves as a last-chance meet for swimmers attempting to qualify for the 2008 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The women's Championships is scheduled for March 20-22 in Columbus, Ohio.
Golden, a freshman, got things going as she swam a "B" cut time of 1:49.83 in the 200 freestyle while Bunch, a junior, followed with a "B" cut 2:00.10 in the 200 back. Golden also swam the 200 back, touching in with a time of 2:02.40, but did not reach one of the NCAA's qualifying standards.
Action in the Bulldog Invitational continues Sunday. The meet is the final opportunity for women's swimmers to qualify for NCAAs with March 3 being the entry deadline for the championship meet.