Olivia Scott Wins NCAA Title in 100-Yard Butterfly
March 22, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS - Auburn junior Olivia Scott claimed her first individual national championship, winning the 100-yard butterfly title on Friday night at the 2013 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Scott, a junior from Aurora, Ill., posted a winning time of 51.64, dropping .32 seconds off her time from this morning's prelims. She was fourth at the 50-yard mark, taking the race out in 24.20, but swam the fastest split in the final 50 yards and reaching for the finish to just out-touch California's Rachel Bootsma by .04 seconds and Florida's Ellese Zalewski by .05. It was the closest finish in NCAA Championship history in the 100 fly.
"Outstanding swim from Olivia," Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. "We haven't won that race in many years, and it's good to get an NCAA Champion. She really had to fight hard, but she just wanted it more than the other girls in that race. It's a good feeling to get back on top of the podium, it gave us some momentum for the rest of the night.
"We had several good swims today, several best times this morning. Emily Bos had a couple of great 100 back swims, and we had a good time in the relay, finishing in the top eight. We're having some great individual performances, we've just got to come back in the morning and be prepared to get it done."
Scott's title was Auburn's 33rd women's NCAA individual or relay championship in team history, and Scott became the second Tiger swimmer to win a title in the 100 butterfly, joining Mimi Bowen, who won the title in 1997. Scott was the runner-up at last year's NCAA Championships and also at this year's SEC Championships, but was finally able to break through and score a huge victory.
"It was amazing (to get the win)," Scott said. "I've gotten used to getting touched out in that race, so to look up at the board and see my name was awesome. I had to look twice, actually, because I wasn't sure. I knew it was anyone's game, we were all close (after prelims) and we all wanted it, but I was expecting anything to happen."
The 200 medley relay team got the night off to a good start, tying Stanford for seventh place. The team of Bos, Lauren Norberg, Olivia Scott and Hannah Riordan clocked a 1:37.17 to earn first-team All-America honors.
Senior Lauren Norberg posted a time of 59.54 to finish in 12th place overall in the 100 breaststroke, and Bos swam a 52.49 in the 100 back to finish 16th overall. Both times were the second-best of their careers in their respective events, just a hair shy of their personal-best marks in prelims this morning - Bos with a 52.40 and Norberg with a 59.46.
The Tigers are in 11th place with 70 points heading after two days of competition. Georgia continues to lead with 300 points, followed by Cal (285) and Tennessee (263.50).
The final day of competition gets underway at 11 a.m. ET Saturday with prelims in the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast and 200 fly. Timed finals in the 1650 free will take place later in the day. Links to live stats and live video are available at AuburnTigers.com, and fans can follow @AuburnSwimming on Twitter for live updates.
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