Georgia Lady Bulldogs Win National Championship
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. --- The Georgia women's swimming and diving team claimed the team title at the NCAA Championships on Saturday at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Bridesmaids to California the last two seasons, the Lady Bulldogs rolled up 477 points to eclipse the Golden Bears' 393.
"I am just so proud of this group of young ladies," Georgia coach Jack Bauerle said. "They were determined to reach this goal from the first day of workouts and they never deviated from the plan. A team that works that hard and has that kind of discipline deserves success. This team is made up of a bunch of fighters, and they never flinched and they never backed down.
"I want our ladies to enjoy every moment of this. This is something that few student-athletes get to enjoy. This is as special as it gets. As long as I coach, I'll always want this for my squads because I know how good it feels and how it impacts the rest of their lives. This is something that can never be taken away. It's a pretty neat legacy."
"It's almost impossible to describe how incredible this feels," senior Allison Schmitt said. "We all love being a part of a team, and winning a team title means so much more than any individual title ever could. I am blessed to be a member of this team. This is a night that I will never, ever forget."
The title is the fifth in the program's history. Georgia won in 1999, 2000 (also in Indianapolis), 2001 and 2005, giving Bauerle-led teams titles in three different decades.
Georgia punctuated its victory by winning the 400-yard freestyle relay and breaking the NCAA and U.S. Open records. The team of Shannon Vreeland, Chantal Van Landeghem, Schmitt and Megan Romano stopped the clock in 3:09.40, eclipsing the 3:09.88 set by Cal in 2009.
Romano claimed second in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 47.37 to pace Georgia. Schmitt came in fifth in 48.04, followed by Vreeland in seventh at 48.41. Van Landeghem won the consolation final for ninth in 48.21.
Lauren Harrington came in second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:54.39. Hali Flickinger followed in 13th at 1:56.46.
In the 1,650-yard freestyle, Amber McDermott touched in 15:52.52 to come in fourth, while Brittany MacLean finished seventh with a time of 15:54.63.
Annie Zhu went 2:06.69 in the 200-yard breaststroke to place fourth, while Melanie Margalis took 11th in 2:08.60.
In platform diving, Laura Ryan came in fifth with 294.65 points.
Kelsey Gaid placed 15th in the 200-yard backstroke with a time of 1:55.39.
The national title is the 39th in Georgia history for all sports. Gymnastics leads with 10, followed by men's tennis with eight, and swimming and diving, women's tennis and equestrian with five each.
Rutqvist Places 29th In 200 Breaststroke To Conclude NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS — South Carolina junior Amanda Rutqvist wrapped up her week at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday morning with a 29th-place finish in the 200 breaststroke preliminary at the IU Natatorium.
Rutqvist posted a time of 2:11.63, missing out on the top 16 by 1.58 seconds. It took a time of 2:10.05 to make the consolation final and a time of 2:08.24 to advance to the championship final.
A native of Gothenburg, Sweden, Rutqvist had another stellar year for the Gamecocks. Her appearance at this year’s NCAA Championships was her third straight. She swam in the 100 breaststroke at the championships on Friday, finishing 31st in the event. She qualified for the championships with a time from the fall as she posted a mark of 2:09.97 to win the 200 breaststroke at the Virginia Tech Invitational. After finishing the regular season with nine individual wins, she scored points for South Carolina in both the 100 breaststroke and 200 breaststroke at the SEC Championships, finishing 15th and eighth, respectively.
AUBURN WOMEN CONCLUDE NCAA SWIM/DIVE CHAMPIONSHIPS
INDIANAPOLIS – Auburn earned six more All-America honors Saturday night, bringing their week’s total to 19 as the 2013 NCAA Women’s Swimming & Diving Championships came to a close at the IUPUI Natatorium.
Seniors Katie Gardocki and Micah Lawrence, and the four members of the 400 freestyle relay team earned top-16 finishes, giving Auburn 19 All-Americans for the week to bring the all-time combined men’s and women’s total for the Tigers to 2,213 all-time All-Americans.
Gardocki kicked off the night with a 15th-place finish in the 1,650-yard freestyle, posting a 16:09.39 to earn her third straight All-America honor in the event, concluding her Auburn career with five total honors.
Lawrence, another senior and a 2012 U.S. Olympian, wrapped up her collegiate career with her second All-America honor of the week and ninth of her career, finishing 14th overall in the 200 breaststroke with a 2:09.74.
The 400 freestyle relay team of Hannah Riordan, Emily Bos, Megan Fonteno and Olivia Scott closed out the week with a time of 3:16.54 to finish third in the consolation final, 11th overall.
Auburn finished the meet in 13th place overall with 87 points. The Tigers earned a total of 19 All-America honors during the week and claimed their 33rd all-time individual NCAA Champion when Olivia Scott won the 100-yard butterfly Friday night.
“These ladies have worked so hard all year, and I’m extremely proud of all of them, especially our seniors,” Auburn head coach Brett Hawke said. “I’m even more proud of how well our team bonded together this year, worked through some adversity, and kept a positive, confident attitude the whole season. We achieved a lot this year and this week. It’s always a positive when you can have an NCAA Champion in an event. But we know we are capable of achieving a lot more. Some of the results this week were disappointing, but I’m not at all disappointed in our athletes. We’ll get back to work in a couple of weeks and get ready for the long-course season, and then start preparing for next season.”
Georgia captured the national championship with 477 points, their fifth in program history, which ties Auburn for third-most all-time. Two-time defending champ California was the runner-up with 393 points, and the SEC claimed the next two spots, with Tennessee third (325.5) and Texas A&M fourth (323.5).
LSU FRESHMAN DIVER CASSIE PICKS UP SECOND NCAA ALL-AMERICAN HONOR
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.-- Freshman diver Cassie Weil picked up her second NCAA Honorable Mention All-American honor after placing 12th on the platform during the final day of competition at the NCAA Championships in Indianapolis, Ind.
Weil finished fourth in the consolation final with a score of 287.15. The Hillsboro, Ore., native barely missed qualifying for the championship final by less than two points after registering a ninth place prelim round of 277.65. Weil became LSU’s 11th All-American on the platform and Diving Coach Doug Shaffer’s 14th All-American overall.
“My congratulations go out to Cassie on her debut performance at the NCAA championships,” Shaffer said. “Although she narrowly missed finals in two events, she leaves this championships a two time NCAA All-American and the highest scoring true freshman diver at the championships.”
Weil notched an 11th place finish on the three-meter during the second day of competition with a final round score of 337.50 and a prelim score of 335.65. The freshman also took ninth in the three-meter prelims, falling short of the championship final by less than five points.
“Cassie has had a tremendous year and has a very bright future ahead of her,” Shaffer said. “I couldn't be prouder of her.”
LSU finished 34th in the competition with 11 points. Georgia won the NCAA Championship for the fifth time.
Over the course of the meet, junior Torrey Bussey swam the 100 breast (1:00.45), 200 breast (2:02.06) and 200 individual medley (2:00.14). Bussey’s 21st place finish in the 100 breast was her highest career NCAA finish.
The 200 medley relay team of freshman Caley Oquist, Bussey, junior Rainey White and sophomore Amber Carter finished in 20th with a mark of 1:38.66 during the second day of competition.
“This was a great experience for these women who will take what they learned this week and pass everything on to their teammates,” Swimming Coach Dave Geyer said. “I couldn’t be prouder of these five women for what they accomplished this year.”
Razorbacks nab 26th; seventh-best in program history
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – Led by a ninth-place finish by University of Arkansas sophomore Lauren Jordan in the 1,650 freestyle, the Razorbacks concluded the final day of the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championship with a 26th-place finish, which is tied for the seventh-best in program history in the first season under head coach Sean Schimmel.
The 26th-place finish is the best for the Razorbacks since 1990 when Arkansas placed 25th overall. Arkansas’ 24 points scored at the Championship is the most scored by a Razorback team since 2004 when Arkansas nabbed 24 points and finished 27th overall.
“I’m certainly proud of our women and their efforts all the way through the season and up to this meet,” Schimmel said. “We are content with where we finished as a team, but we are certainly not satisfied. We are excited that we are 26th and that we are in that realm of teams, but we are always looking to do better. It was great to leave NCAA’s with All-Americans, best times and team records.”
Jordan made her mark in the third heat of the 1,650 freestyle and recorded the third-fastest time in school history, a personal-best 16:04.06. The Carmel, Ind., native shaved 9.80 seconds off her time of 16:13.86 from the SEC Championship. Her time placed her first in the field until the fifth heat when Georgia’s Brittany MacLean clocked a 15:54.63, placing her in second before the final heat.
After the final heat wrapped up, Jordan sat 9th overall earning her honorable mention All-America accolades, and making her the second Razorback to All-American at the NCAA Championship this season and the 34th in school history. Sophomore Nikki Daniels earned All-America honors on day two with a fourth-place finish in the 100 breaststroke. Daniels is the first Razorback in the history of the program to All-American in the 100 breaststroke. Jordan’s top-notch mile was part of a day three heave that moved Arkansas from 28th back into 26th overall.
“Lauren had a great mile,” Schimmel said. “This was her best time ever by about four seconds and it was her best time this season by 10 seconds and it was a long time coming. It was also a great time to show up. She took control of the race about 500-600 yards in and she never looked back.”
Also competing in the mile was junior Nicole Menzel. Menzel put together a strong race that culminated in a 19th-place finish while nabbing a time of 16:11.13 to wrap up her second-consecutive appearance at the NCAA Championship.
Kicking off the morning prelims for the Razorbacks was Daniels in the 200 breast. The Wichita, Kan., native opened with a 29.43 split for her first 50 yards and a 32.92 split after her second 50. On the back end of the race Daniels was consistent with a 34.01 and 34.33 respectively to close the race. With that, Daniels clocked her second-fastest time with 2:10.69 to place 21st overall.
Wrapping up the morning preliminaries was the 400 free relay team of Susanna White, Nina Drolc, Shana Lim and Anna Mayfield. White opened the race with a 50.37 split before handing it off the Drolc, who nabbed a blistering 49.97, which was the fastest split for the Razorbacks. Lim followed with a split of 50.97 and Mayfield came up with the anchor time of 50.06. The quartet finished the race with a time of 3:21.37 for the third-fastest time in school history.
“For this season I am really proud of the steps we have made and I am excited about the progress and the fast swimming we had, the great diving and the team records put together,” Schimmel said. “I think we definitely turned some heads and got the program moving in the right direction.”
Arkansas wraps up the NCAA Championship with two new school records and two new All-Americans. With new school records in the 100 breaststroke and the 800 free relay, the Razorbacks finish the season with 11 school record broken under Schimmel. With the addition of Daniels and Jordan as All-Americans, Arkansas now has 34 individual All-Americans with a total of 77 All-America honors in the 40 year history of the program.
Hinds Sets School Record, Gators Finish Sixth at NCAA Championships
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. - The University of Florida women's swimming and diving team finished sixth with 311 points at the 2013 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships in Indianapolis, Ind. The Gators amassed 35 All-America honors over the three-day meet, one NCAA title, three school records and finished in the top-10 for the 12 consecutive year.
"We had a good day again today," said Head Coach Gregg Troy on the meet. "We were able to move up on a lot of people but I think we just ran out of gas there at the end. We had a great day with two new school records in the 100 free and the 400 free relay. We are real proud of the way we finished up and it was a good season for the Gators."
On the final night of competition the Gators gathered six trips to the podium to jolt them up the leaderboard. Freshman Natalie Hinds (Midland, Texas) highlighted the night with her school record-setting swim in the 100 free.
Throughout the meet Hinds has collected seven All-America honors, tied for the most on the team. She was an integral part of four of the relays that landed in the championship finals. Also bringing home seven All-America honors is fellow freshman Sinead Russell (Burlington, Ontario). Russell swam in the championship final of two individual events and all five of the Florida relays this week.
Florida earned two top-10 finishes in the 1,650 free to start the night off. Junior Alicia Mathieu (Marlborough, Conn.) swam the best mile of her career as she dropped seven seconds off of her personal-best to finish fifth in a time of 15:52.88. That time also moves her into third all-time in UF history. Coming in right behind Mathieu was freshman Jessica Thielmann (Newcastle, England) who clocked in at 15:54.27 to finish sixth in the event.
Both Mathieu and Thielmann earned All-America honors for their top-8 finishes. It was the third of Mathieu's career and Thielmann collected two in her first NCAA meet.
The 200 back featured some tough competition. Junior Elizabeth Beisel (North Kingstown, R.I.) swam her season-best time of 1:51.17 but fell just short of defending her 2012 title in the event as she took third. Winning the event was Elizabeth Pelton of California who set a new NCAA, American and US Open record in the event.
Beisel added five All-American honors, along with her title in the 400 IM to her already illustrious resume during the championships. She finished in the top-five over all three of her individual events.
Also in the field was Russell who has had some great swims in her first NCAA Championships. Russell finished sixth overall as she touched the wall in a time of 1:51.87, just off of her personal-best of 1:51.80. Swimming in the consolation final of the 200 back was freshman Ashlee Linn (Southfield, Mich.). Linn finished 14th in the event with a time of 1:54.82. She earned honorable mention All-America honors, the first of her career.
The second school record fell for the Gators during the championships, as Hinds swam a great race to post a time of 47.73 to finish third amongst the fastest swimmers in the country. Hinds had an outstanding first trip to the NCAAs as she has racked up three individual All-America honors. Finishing just behind Hinds was junior Ellese Zalewski (Melbourne, Australia) who finished fourth with a personal-best time of 47.99.
Concluding the competition was the 400 free relay. Florida grabbed their third school record of the meet as the group of Zalewksi, Russell, Beisel and Hinds combined for a time of 3:12.96 to finish sixth overall.
With the conclusion of the NCAA Championships, the Gator women have finished their 2012-13 season coming in sixth in the nation, tallying their 12-straight top-10 finish and 13th top-10 finish under Troy.