March 22, 2008
Day 3 Prelims Results
COLUMBUS, Ohio - Kara Denby set a new Auburn record in the 100 free during Friday morning's preliminaries for the final day of the 2008 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. The senior swam a 47.92, breaking her own Auburn record of 48.04 in the event.
Heading into the final day of the meet, Arizona leads with 361 points, followed by Auburn with 244. Texas A&M is in third with 227 while Stanford is in fourth with 212. California rounds out the top five with 203 points.
Denby had the highest finish of any Auburn swimmer on Saturday, winning the 100 free prelim with her Auburn- and pool-record time of 47.92. Fellow senior Emily Kukors tied with Tennessee's Michelle King for the eighth and final spot in the championship final, but lost in the swim-off and will be the top seed in the consolation final.
Kukors' time of 48.54 is just two hundredths of a second off her personal-best time.
Kukors and King both swam the leadoff legs in their respective team's 400 free relay. The coaches decided to use the relay leadoffs as the swim-off. Kukors swam a 48.64 split while King swam a 48.30.
Also competing in the 100 free was freshman Caitlin Geary as she finished 54th with a 50.14.
In the first event of the morning session, freshman Erica Meissner led the Tigers by finishing seventh in the 200 back with a time of 1:54.87, advancing to her first final of the meet. Her time is a personal-best and ranks fourth all-time at Auburn.
Making the consolation final in the 200 back are Melissa Marik (1:55.56) and Margo McCawley (1:56.18), finishing 11th and 15th, respectively.
Also competing in the 200 back were juniors Emile Ewing
(22nd, 1:57.43) and Julianne McLane
In the 200 breast, freshman Melanie Roberts was the lone Auburn swimmer to qualify for finals. She advanced to the consolation final after finishing 15th with a time of 2:12.83, a mark that ranks sixth all-time at Auburn.
Freshman Josefin Wede and sophomore Abby MacGregor also swam in the 200 breast. Wede finished 18th with a time of 2:13.42 while MacGregor was 37th with a 2:16.13.
Sophomore Ava Ohlgren advances to her third individual championship final after finishing fifth in the 200 fly with a time of 1:55.70. The time places her in a tie for fifth all-time at Auburn in the event with former Tiger and Olympian Margaret Hoelzer.
Senior Kristen Hastrup finished 26th in the 200 fly preliminaries, clocking a time of 1:59.15 while McLane came in 40th with a 2:01.72.
Auburn finished off the morning session by placing third in the 400 free relay. The team of Kukors, Caitlin Geary, Marik and Denby clocked a time of 3:14.76 in the event.
Finals in the same events, plus the 1659 freestyle relay and platform diving competition, will take place tonight at 7 p.m. ET. Fans can watch live at www.ncaa.com/swimming-womens/ with live results at www.ncaaswim.com/women08/.
2008 NCAA Championships - Auburn Day Two Prelim Finishes
7 - Erica Meissner - 1:54.87
11 - Melissa Marik - 1:55.56
15 - Margo McCawley - 1:56.18
22 - Emile Ewing - 1:57.43
29 - Julianne McLane - 1:58.06
1 - Kara Denby 47.92
T8 - Emily Kukors - 48.54
9 - Kukors Swim-off - 48.64
54 - Caitlin Geary - 50.14
15 - Melanie Roberts - 2:12.83
18 - Josefin Wede - 2:13.42
37 - Abby MacGregor - 2:16.13
5 - Ava Ohlgren - 1:55.70
26 - Kristen Hastrup - 1:59.15
40 - Julianne McLane - 2:01.72
400-Yard Freestyle Relay
3 - Kukors (48.64), Geary (49.87), Marik (49.20), Denby (47.05) - 3:14.76