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    Crimson Tide Swimmers Post Best Times at Last Chance Meet

    ATHENS, Ga. - Several Alabama swimmers posted career-best times at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet in Athens, Ga. this weekend, including two that are the Crimson Tide's fastest of the season.
     
    Freshman Justine Panian touched the wall at 55.31 in the 100 butterfly, posting Alabama's fastest time of the season in that event. Freshman Michele Rielly swam a 2:00.86 in the 200 backstroke, which is the Tide's fastest time of the season. Rielly also posted her best time of the season in the 100 backstroke, clocking a 56.14.
     
    Freshman Morgan Presley notched career-best times in both the 100 and 200 breaststrokes. She touched the wall at 1:02.70 in the 100 and earned an NCAA provisional standard in the 200 with a 2:14.47, which ranks her seventh all-time for the Tide. Sophomore Brittany Parkey posted her season-best times in the 100 and 200 breaststroke with times of 1:06.23 and 2:21.17, respectively.
     
    On the men's side of the slate, junior George Wong posted a 1:54.75 in the 200 individual medley, which stands second for the Tide this season. Sophomore Clark Garner posted a career-best times in the 50 and 100 freestyles, going 20.79 and 45.52. Sophomore Abbas Qali scored career-best times in the 100 freestyle and 100 butterfly, going 45.30 and 49.13, respectively. 



    Kentucky Wraps Up Last Chance Meet

    ATHENS, Ga. – Lucas Gerotto and Christina Bechtel highlighted the first day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet with improved times in each of their top events, as they make a final push for the 2013 NCAA Championships. Each moved up in the UK record books as well with their performances Saturday.
     
    Kentucky wrapped up action at the Bulldog Last Chance Meet on Sunday evening and will now wait to see if any of their athletes made the final cut for NCAAs.
     
    "Overall, we're very pleased with many lifetime-best performances over the weekend," said associate head coach Lars Jorgenson. "The team raced hard and it's a building block for the future.
     
    "To have Christina become a NCAA qualifier is a testament to her work ethic and dedication. I also think we have a chance to Lucas to become an NCAA qualifier."
     
    After breaking two school records at the Southeastern Conference Swimming and Diving Championships last weekend, Gerotto broke his own record Saturday evening as he looks to return to the NCAA Championships for consecutive seasons. Looking to improve his time in the 100-backstroke to increase the likelihood of his qualifications for NCAAs, the junior trumped last week’s time and career-best 47.28 with a new time and program-best 47.19.
     
    Gerotto competed in a separate time trial Sunday in the 100-backstroke, but finished with a 47.68 and was not able to improve his time for a consecutive day.
     
    Bechtel also took a step forward as she looks to earn her first career appearance at the NCAA Championships. Coming off her career-best swim in the 100-butterfly with a 53.38 at the SEC Championships, the sophomore moved into the program’s top two in the event, tapping in at 52.62 earning a ‘B’ cut standard time and greatly improving her chances to compete at NCAAs in two weeks.
     
    In the men’s 200-medley relay time trial, the team of Ramon Walton, George Greenhalgh, Gerotto and Heidler earned a ‘B’ cut time as well, racing to a 1:27.37 time.
    Final selections for the 2013 NCAA Championships will be made on March 13 with the finals taking place March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind., at the IU Natatorium. Kentucky divers will compete in their qualifying meet March 14-16 with the location to be determined.



    UGA Swimmers Conclude Last Chance Meet

    ATHENS, Ga. --- Georgia's swimmers concluded action in the Bulldog Last Chance Meet on Sunday at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
     
    The NCAA Championships will be held later this month in Indianapolis, and the Last Chance Meet affords swimmers a chance to post times that are automatic (A cuts) or provisional (B cuts) for the NCAAs.
     
    The women's field will be announced later this week, with the men's field following a week later.
     
    Courtney Peters likely made the women's meet as she posted a B-cut time of 54.41 in the prelims of the 100-yard butterfly on Sunday. During Saturday's session, Peters recorded a B-cut time of 1:56.74 in the 200-yard butterfly. 
     
    Also Sunday, Olivia Boggs went 2:12.72 in the prelims of the 200-yard breaststroke to lower her B-cut time.
     
    Improving B cuts on Sunday for the men were Yousef Alaskari in the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.06), Ediz Yildirimer in the 1,650-yard freestyle (15:04.48) and Garrett Powell in the 1,650-yard freestyle (14:59.36).



    Hanh Break 200 Back Record for Tennessee

    ATHENS, Ga. -- Freshman Maddie Hahn broke the school record in the 200-yard backstroke Sunday to wrap up the Bulldog Last Chance Meet at Gabrielsen Natatorium.
     
    Hahn surpassed junior teammate Kate McNeilis' record time set last year by touching the wall in 1 minute, 54.16 seconds, during the morning preliminary session. It was good for an NCAA B-cut time and is obviously her fastest time of the year in the event.
     
    The day before, Hahn also clocked the third-fastest 100 backstroke time in program history (53.40).
     
    Freshman Amanda Carner also improved her time in the 200 backstroke, finishing in 1:55.88.
     
    The Vols and Lady Vols both competed in fewer races on Sunday than they did the day before. Between the men and women, swimmers clocked five NCAA B-cut times, and Hahn and Carner were the only ones to improve their times for consideration for the national meets later this month.
     
    The Tennessee divers did not compete this weekend and are setting their sights toward the NCAA Zone B Championships, which will be held at UT's Allan Jones Aquatic Center from March 11-13.



    Gators Add More Provisional Times at Last Chance

    Florida’s swimming and diving team added several more provisional NCAA marks on the final day of the Bulldog Last Chance Meet. 
     
    Freshman Sierra Kuhn (Verona, Wis.) recorded a NCAA “B” of 1:58.77 in the women’s 200 back. For the men, Colin Hamilton (Jacksonville, Fla.) won the 200 back with his season-best and NCAA “B” time of 1:44.61. Sophomore Harrison Curley (Winter Park, Fla.) swam his season-best time of 1:46.00 in the prelims, sophomore Austin Ringquist (Hillsboro, Ore.) had a season-best 1:46.60 and freshman Justin Kaisrlik (Clermont, Fla.) knocked four seconds off his career-best with a 1:49.94.
     
    In the 100 free, sophomore Natasha Fung (Edmonton, Canada) had a season-best and NCAA “B” time of 49.11 to finish first. Freshman Lindsey McKnight (Coral Springs, Fla.) finished in 50.93 and sophomore Shelby McLean (Orlando, Fla.) finished in 53.52. Then junior Levar Goossen (Rotterdam, Netherlands) swam his season-best time of 46.08 in the men’s 100 free.
     
    Two Gator women dove in for the 1,650 free, as sophomore Jordan Smith (Longwood, Fla.) finished in 16:43.21 and sophomore Savannah Napier (Chattanooga, Tenn.) touched the wall at 17:00.41. Several men secured NCAA provisional times in the mile. Freshman Ryan Rosenbaum (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) finished in 15:17.25 and sophomore Billy Silva (Gainesville, Fla.) swam a season-best 15:24.86 to earn a NCAA “B” time.
     
    Also swimming for time in the 1,650 free was sophomore Thomas Veale (Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.) who finished in 15:32.13 and freshman Adam Bull (Dallas, Texas) touched in 15:34.59. Senior Sarra Lajnef (Tunis, Tunisia) improved her time in the 200 breast after clocking in at 2:11.95 for a NCAA “B” time. Sophomore Richard Munch (Clifton, Va.) also had a NCAA “B” time in the 200 breast, after he finished in 1:57.19.
     
    The women’s 200 fly saw several more NCAA “B” times for Gators. Freshman Taylor Roy (Atlanta, Ga.) swam a career-best 1:59.01, sophomore Molly Dubrasky (Oviedo, Fla.) touched in a season-best 1:58.26 and sophomore Summer Stephens (Louisville, Ky.) finished in 1:59.35. Also swimming the 200 fly was Kuhn who finished in a personal-best 2:00.40 and sophomore Lauren Neidigh (Orange Park, Fla.) finished in 2:01.43.
     
    In the men’s 200 fly, sophomore Austin Manganiello (Miami, Fla.) touched the wall first in his personal-best and NCAA “B” time of 1:45.68 and freshman Luke Torres (Miami, Fla.) also recorded a NCAA “B” time with a 1:47.43. Kaisrlik recorder his career-best time in the 200 fly after touching in 1:51.09 and Curley swam his personal-best time of 1:53.15.
     
    Swimming in the time trials, senior Rodion Davelaar (Willemstad, Netherlands) swam a 25.08 in the 50 free. Sophomore Rebecca Rainer (Richmond, Va.) recorded a NCAA “B” time in the 400 IM after finishing in 4:11.27. Sophomore Christian Homer (Trinidad and Tobago) swam a 48.57 in the 100 back and McKnight clocked in at 50.68 in the women’s 100 free.
     
    The men’s 100 free time trial featured Hamilton and Ringquist for the Gator men. Hamilton swam his personal-best 45.12 and Ringquist finished in 45.37. Munch touched the wall in 54.30 for a NCAA “B” time in the 100 breast and Davelaar finished in 55.60. Then in the 100 back time trial Homer touched in 49.29. Lajnef swam a 2:05.39 in the women’s 200 back and Fung improved her NCAA “B” time in the 100 free after finishing with a 48.94.
     
    After this the Gators will wait to see if the times qualify for the NCAA Championships. The women’s will take place from March 21-23 and the men March 28-30 in Indianapolis, Ind. The divers will head to the NCAA Zone Championships March 11-13.
     
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