March 15, 2012
Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace set a new pool record in the 50 freestyle to highlight the first day of preliminaries at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
Vanderpool-Wallace's time of 21.46 was one of four swims to eclipse the existing James E. Martin Aquatics Center mark of 21.83, which had stood since the 2003 NCAA Championships. Hers, however, was the fastest, earning the Nassau, Bahamas, native the top seed in the championship final tonight.
She will be joined in the finals by junior Hannah Riordan, who posted a personal-best 22.38 to finish 16th overall and earn a spot in the consolation final, making her an individual All-American for the first time.
All of the other Auburn entries in the 50 freestyle prelims posted personal-best times. Sophomore Emily Bos missed the consolation final by .06 seconds as she finished second in her heat with a 22.44. Fellow sophomore Olivia Scott won her heat with a 22.58, and sophomore Haley Krakoski and freshman Megan Fonteno went 1-2 in their heat with times of 22.68 and 22.69, respectively.
Auburn earned one more spot in a championship final in the 1-meter diving preliminaries. Senior Vennie Dantin took second place in the prelim round with a 326.10, securing her fifth All-America certificate. Fellow senior Anna Aguero finished in 20th place with a score of 283.30.
Both Auburn relays got the meet off to a good start, breaking school records in their preliminary swims. The 200 freestyle relay team of Vanderpool-Wallace, Riordan, Krakoski and Bos posted a time of 1:27.86, cutting .29 off the existing record, to earn the fifth qualifying spot for the finals. And the 400 medley relay team of Bos, Lauren Norberg, Scott and Vanderpool Wallace qualified third overall with a time of 3:30.32, dropping more than a second off the existing Auburn record.
Freshman Sarah Peterson turned in an outstanding swim in the 200 individual medley, posting a 1:58.57 - the seventh-fastest time in Auburn history - to win her heat and finish 24th overall. And junior Katie Gardocki got her meet off to a good start with a 4:41.34 in the 500 free, missing a spot in the consolation final by .17 seconds and finishing 17th overall.
Pool records fell in all five preliminaries this morning. California's 200 free relay posted a 1:27.11 to set a new pool record, and the Golden Bears' 400 medley relay went 3:28.14 to break the pool, NCAA and U.S. Open records. Georgia's Shannon Vreeland posted a 4:34.49 in the 500 free to break the aquatic center record by more than three seconds, and Cal's Caitlin Leverenz cut nearly two seconds off the 200 IM record with a 1:53.31.
Finals get underway at 7 p.m. Live results and live video are available through NCAA.com, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming and the hashtag #NCAASD on Twitter for updates from the pool deck.
Auburn Swimming & Diving Results
2012 NCAA Women's Championships - Day 1 Prelims
March 15, 2012
James E. Martin Aquatics Center - Auburn, Ala.
200 Freestyle Relay: 5. Auburn - Vanderpool-Wallace, Riordan, Krakoski, Bos (1:27.86 - school record)
500 Freestyle: 17. Katie Gardocki (4:41.34)
200 Individual Medley: 24. Sarah Peterson (1:58.57)
50 Freestyle: 1. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (21.46 - pool record), 16. Hannah Riordan (22.38), 19. Emily Bos (22.44), 29. Olivia Scott (22.58), 41. Haley Krakoski (22.68), 42. Megan Fonteno (22.69)
400 Medley Relay: 3. Auburn - Bos, La. Norberg, Scott, Vanderpool-Wallace (3:30.32 - school record)
1-Meter Diving: 2. Vennie Dantin (326.10), 20. Anna Aguero (283.30)