March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. - Auburn senior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace will have a shot at defending her national title in the 100-yard freestyle Saturday night after posting one of the top qualifying times in preliminaries at the 2012 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships.
Vanderpool-Wallace posted the fourth-fastest qualifying time in prelims, a 47.62, to earn her way into the championship final. She is the NCAA record-holder with a 46.61 last month at the SEC Championships, and she won the national title with a 47.07 last year in Austin, Texas.
Hannah Riordan and Olivia Scott posted career-best times but barely missed the consolation final. Riordan clocked a 48.85, the ninth-fastest in Auburn history, to finish 19th, and Scott touched the wall in 48.87 to take 21st. Haley Krakoski cut a half-second off her previous best swim with a 49.03 to take 28th, freshman Megan Fonteno had a career-best 49.46 to finish 37th, and Becca Jones went 49.66 to win her heat and finish 43rd overall.
Vanderpool-Wallace sat out the prelims of the 400 freestyle relay, but the team of Riordan, Krakoski, Scott and Emily Bos posted a time of 3:14.07 to qualify fifth overall and earn a spot in the championship final.
Freshman Sarah Peterson turned in the third-fastest 200 breaststroke in Auburn history, clocking a 2:11.14 to finish 21st; she missed the consolation final by just more than half a second. Fellow freshman Abby Duncan and junior Lauren Norberg posted identical times of 2:12.72, the ninth-fastest swims in Tiger history, and finished in 35th place.
Bos was Auburn's only entry in the 200 backstroke, and she clocked a 1:55.74 to finish 24th.
In platform diving, seniors Vennie Dantin and Anna Aguero concluded their Auburn careers in the consolation final. Aguero scored a 273.70 in the consolation to finish fourth (12th overall) and Dantin tallied a 256.10 to take fifth place (13th overall). Dantin qualified 11th in prelims with a 273.40, and Aguero was 13th with a 257.65.
Timed finals in the 1650 freestyle get underway at 4:45 p.m.; Auburn's Katie Gardocki will swim the third heat that is slated to begin at approximately 5:20 p.m. The rest of finals start at 7 p.m. with the fastest heat of the mile, along with the other events from this afternoon. ESPN3 will once again carry a live broadcast, and live results can be found at NCAA.com.
Auburn Swimming & Diving
2012 NCAA Women's Championships - Day 3 Prelims
March 17, 2012
James E. Martin Aquatics Center - Auburn, Ala.
Auburn Results (Prelims)
200 Backstroke: 24. Emily Bos (1:55.74)
100 Freestyle: 4. Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace (47.62); 19. Hannah Riordan (48.85); 21. Olivia Scott (48.87); 28. Haley Krakoski (49.03); 37. Megan Fonteno (49.46); 43. Becca Jones (49.66)
200 Breaststroke: 21. Sarah Peterson (2:11.14); 35. Abby Duncan (2:12.72); 35. Lauren Norberg (2:12.72)
400 Freestyle Relay: 5. Riordan, Krakoski, Scott, Bos (3:14.07)
Platform Diving: 11. Vennie Dantin (273.40); 13. Anna Aguero (257.65)