Prelims Heat Up Day Two
Feb. 9, 2007
Fourth-place overall after day one of competition, two-time defending team champion Penn State came out ready to make a surge up the leader board. Three Nittany Lions qualified for the 400-yard individual medley finals as sophomore Kaitlin O'Brien touched the wall first in 4:14.14. O'Brien was followed by teammates Megan Palera in third and Karie Haglund in sixth. Hoosier freshman Ashley Jones finished second, bettering her seed time by four seconds (4:18.46).
The next event featured another Kaitlyn pacing the field as defending title holder Kaitlyn Brady of
In the 200-yard freestyle prelims,
New faces littered the top of the 100-yard breaststoke prelim standings as Hoosier Sarah Stockwell finished first in 1:02.52. Freshman Lyndsey Smith (PSU) finished second in 1:03.04 and Wildcat Jessie Bailis finished third with a time of 1:03.23.
After leading her team to a first-place victory in the 400-yard medley relay last night, Leila Vaziri proved she had a lot more in her as she gave the Hoosiers another swimmer in lane four in tonight's finals. Vaziri sprinted to her first NCAA A-standard time in the event (53.78) while freshman teammate Presley Bard tagged along, claiming second and also punching her ticket to the NCAA Championships in March.
The 200-yard medley relay kicks off finals action tonight at 7 p.m. CST sharp. Along with the preliminary events swam this morning, the 800-yard freestyle relay will also take place tonight.
Three-meter diving prelims begin shortly at 1 p.m. CST.