Dec. 1, 2007
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - After another successful day at the Husky Invite, the men stand firmly in the fifth place spot with 380 points and the women are in a solid fourth place position with 439 points. Federal Way has been good to the Gauchos, helping them attain school records and NCAA qualifying times.
Two relay teams broke school records on the first day of events, leaving the year-old times in the dust. The women's 200 free relay team broke the school record by .19 of a second to finish first in the race (1:32.47). The women's 400 medley relay team surpassed the school record by over three seconds for a second place finish at the Invite (3:41.03). Both teams and the men's 200 free relay team made the NCAA Consideration Cut times.
Sophomores Anne Marie May and Matt Bartlett both made the NCAA "B" qualifying times in the 50 free and 200 IM, respectively. May finished first in her race and was off her school record time by .03 of a second (22.64). Bartlett finished fourth in his race and recorded a personal best time of 1:48.53.
Jessica Cruzat, Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto, and May not only took second place in the 200 medley relay but they also broke the school record (1:42.52) from 2007 and made the NCAA Consideration Cut with their time of 1:41.67.
Later, Cruzat cruised her way to fourth place in the 100 backstroke in 56.52.
Freshman Sara Nicponski swam to a second place finish in the 100 breast but that was not it. Nicponski's time of 1:01.56 earns her an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships. She had already reached this honor previously in the day by finishing in 1:01.73 in the preliminaries.
Freshman Brittany Borowtiz swam to an eighth place finish in the final of the 400 IM (4:28.95). Junior Chris Good took seventh in his 400 IM race in a time of 3:57.76. Another junior, Yamamoto, improved from her preliminary performace to place sixth in the 100 fly (55.66).
To end the day, the women's 800 free relay team finished in fifth place (7:30.06) and the men's team consisting of Good, Bartlett, Vogelgesang, and Brooks Felton took third place (6:41.43).
The Husky Invite continues tomorrow with same format of a preliminary race and a final race of the events being swum that day.