NCAA Swimming & Diving ACCtion: March 18

March 19, 2010

UVa’s 400 Medley Relay Places Fifth at NCAA Championships
Both the Virginia 400 medley relay and 200 freestyle relay picked up All-America honors as the first night of finals was held Thursday at the 2010 NCAA Championships. The meet, which runs through Saturday, is being held at the Boilermaker Aquatic Center on the campus of Purdue University.

Through six events, Virginia stands in a tie eighth place with 64 points. Stanford currently leads the meet (142.5) followed by Georgia (134) and defending champion California (122).

The 200 free relay team tallied a fifth-place finish, two spots higher than its seventh-place performance in the prelims. Mei Christensen, Katherine McDonnell, Lauren Smart and Lauren Perdue teamed up to finish in 3:33.28. 

Tar Heel Women Complete First Day Of NCAA Championships
The Carolina women are in 30th place after the first night of the 2010 Division-I Women's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships taking place in West Lafayette, Indiana. The 200-yard freestyle relay composed of Rebecca Kane, Katie Nolan, Layne Brodie and Sarah Tanner finished in 16th place overall Thursday night with a time of 1:31.54. The relay touched in a time of 1:30.44 in prelims.

In the morning session, Junior Katura Harvey placed 21st in the 500-yard freestyle finishing .03 seconds off her season best time touching in a time of 4:43.56.

Sophomores Layne Brodie and Sarah Tanner both swam the 200-yard individual medley. Brodie placed 23rd with a time of 1:59.13 and Tanner finished in a time of 2:03.85. 

Florida State Women Begin Competing at NCAA Championships
Three Florida State swimmers began competition Thursday, March 18 at the 2010 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships in West Lafayette, Indiana on the campus of Purdue University. Stephanie Sarandos, Charlotte Broadbent and Marissa Harrington each competed in one event on the meet’s opening day.

In her second NCAA meet, sophomore Sarandos earned a 56th place finish in the 200 IM prelims with a time of 2:02.04. Making their first NCAA appearances, freshman Harrington and sophomore Broadbent both competed in the 500 free prelims and finished 52nd and 54th respectively with “B” cut times of 4:48.80 and 4:49.18.

The Seminoles return to the pool tomorrow where Sarandos will compete in the 100 back and Broadbent will compete in the 400 IM. On Saturday, the final day of the meet, Sarandos will compete in the 200 back while Broadbent and Harrington compete in the 1650 free.

H2Okies complete day one of NCAA Championships
Four H2Okie women opened competition at the NCAA Championships on Thursday at Purdue University, competing in the 50 and 500 freestyle events.

Erika Hajnal and Lauren Ritter posted top-30 finishes in the 500 freestyle, with Hajnal touching in 22nd-overall with a time of 4:43.93. Ritter took 30th in 4:44.60, while Kelly deMarrais finished 55th in 4:49.51.

Katarina Filova was the only Tech swimmer in the 50 freestyle, taking 41st in 22.91, recording a new personal best.