March 16, 2012
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AUBURN, Ala. - Sophomore Olivia Scott reclaimed the school record in the 100 butterfly, and senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will join her in the 100 butterfly finals as day two of the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships got underway Friday.
Auburn will have a total of three individual swimmers, one diver, and two relays in tonight's finals, which begin at 7 p.m. Standing-room-only tickets are available at the James E. Martin Aquatics Center box office.
Scott posted a time of 51.46, knocking a full four-tenths off her previous best time and retaking the Auburn school record from Vanderpool-Wallace, who was second with a 51.57. The two Tigers were the two top qualifiers in the 100 butterfly and will swim the championship final tonight. In addition, SEC Champion Jenny Connolly of Tennessee qualified third, giving the SEC the top three swimmers in the 100 butterfly.
This marks the third time this year that the Auburn record in the 100 butterfly has been broken. Vanderpool-Wallace owned the record coming into the year with a 51.98, but Scott went 51.86 at the Georgia Invitational in December to put her name in the record books. However, at last month's SEC Championships, Vanderpool-Wallace posted a 51.52 to move back into the all-time Auburn lead. Scott then went .06 seconds below that time this morning. Freshman Megan Fonteno also posted a career-best time in the 100 fly with a 54.23.
"I was just really surprised," Scott said. "Anna and I keep each other on our toes with that record, going back and forth. It's great to have her and race next to her, and I'm really excited to do it again tonight. Our conference is just really fast; it makes me proud to be in the SEC."
Senior diver Vennie Dantin earned a second championship finals berth in as many nights with a seventh-place finish in the 3-meter preliminaries. She scored a 326.50 to secure her sixth career All-America honor and earn more valuable points for the Tigers. Fellow senior Anna Aguero finished 23rd with a score of 293.80.
Freshman Abby Duncan secured her first All-America honor, earning the 12th qualifying spot in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.07, the fourth-fastest time in Auburn history. Junior Lauren Norberg just missed the final, posting a 1:00.56 to finish 22nd overall.
Sophomore Emily Bos barely missed a return trip in the 100 backstroke as she finished 18th in prelims with a time of 52.90, a scant .05 out of the final qualifying spot for the consolation. Junior Hannah Riordan swam a 54.36 to finish 52nd.
Junior Becca Jones set a personal-best and the ninth-fastest time in Auburn history in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.67 as she finished 20th overall, missing the consolation final by .53 seconds. Katie Gardocki was 38th in 1:47.30, and Haley Krakoski took 53rd with a 1:48.66.
In the 400 individual medley, Sarah Peterson finished 27th overall with a 4:13.08.
Finals get underway at 7 p.m. with consolation and championship heats of all the events from earlier today, along with the 800 freestyle relay. ESPN3 will carry a live broadcast of the finals session, and live scoring will be available through NCAA.com. In addition, fans can follow @AuburnSwimming and the hashtag #NCAASD on Twitter for updates throughout the meet.
Auburn Swimming & Diving
2012 NCAA Women's Championships - Day Two Prelims
March 16, 2012
James E. Martin Aquatics Center - Auburn, Ala.
200 Medley Relay: 5. Bos, Norberg, Scott, Vanderpool-Wallace (1:36.19)
400 Individual Medley: 27. Sarah Peterson (4:13.08)
100 Butterfly: 1. Oliva Scott (51.46-school record); 2. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (51.57); 44. Megan Fonteno (54.23)
200 Freestyle: 20. Becca Jones (1:45.67); 37. Katie Gardocki (1:47.30); 53. Haley Krakoski (1:48.66)
100 Breaststroke: 12. Abby Duncan (1:00.07); 22. Lauren Norberg (1:00.56)
100 Backstroke: 18. Emily Bos (52.90); 52. Hannah Riordan (54.36)
3-Meter Diving: 7. Vennie Dantin (326.50); 23. Anna Aguero (293.80)