March 20, 2010
WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. - The final day of the 2010 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships kicked off Saturday morning at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University. Auburn has qualified three individual swimmers and a relay on the day so far.
"This group of women showed tremendous fight today," head coach Brett Hawke said. "After a discouraging morning yesterday, the team turned it around and stepped up. We hope to carry the momentum from the prelims into the evening and are excited to be in the finals."
Highlighting the morning was the performance by sophomore Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace in the 100 free. The Nassau, Bahamas, product entered the meet with the third-fastest time and finished the prelims with a time of 47.74 to qualify first. With that mark, Vanderpool-Wallace broke her own school record of 47.90, which she set last season.
"Arianna (Vanderpool-Wallace) had such a great swim," Hawke said. "I'm very proud of her and hope she takes this boost of confidence into the finals tonight."
A pair of Tigers in sophomore Micah Lawrence and senior Ava Ohlgren reached the consolation final in their respective events. Lawrence qualified 16th in the 200 breast with a season-best time of 2:11.63 and Ohlgren was 15th in the 200 fly in season-best time of 1:56.68.
Closing out the day in the competition pool was the 400 free relay. The team of Hannah Riordan, Melissa Marik, Caitlin Geary and Vanderpool-Wallace qualified sixth overall with a time of 3:15.20.
The divers put together a solid showing on the platform, seeing sophomore Vennie Dantin
reach her first-ever championship final with an eight-place finish (280.10). Teammate Anna Aguero
finished ninth to qualify for the consolation final with a score of 278.20.
The meet's final night of competition begins at 7 p.m. EST with the 1650 free. That is followed by the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform and 400 free relay.
Auburn Swimming and Diving
2010 NCAA Championships - Day Three Preliminaries
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Boilermaker Aquatic Center; West Lafayette, Ind.
Auburn Finalists - Women: 100 Free - Championship Final: 1. Vanderpool-Wallace (47.74); 200 Breast - Consolation Final: 16. Lawrence (2:11.63); 200 Fly - Consolation Final: 15. Ohlgren (1:56.68); 400 Free Relay - Championship Final: 6. Riordan, Marik, Geary, Vanderpool-Wallace (3:15.20); Platform - Championship Final: 8. Dantin (280.10); Consolation Final: 9. Aguero (278.20).