August 5, 2008

Gaucho Swimmers Continue to Excel During Summer Meets

Aug. 5, 2008

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - After taking third-place last Tuesday in the 200-meter breaststroke at the 2008 U.S. Open at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, senior swimmer Katy Freeman continued her strong showing at the meet with a fifth-place finish in the 100-meter breast while three other teammates also participated in consolation finals during the meet.

Freeman finished the 100 breast on Friday in 1:09.55, topping her prelim time by almost an entire second (1:10.54) and improving upon her Olympic Trials time of 1:10.29. Sophomore Sara Nicponski finished 10th in the same event, and second in her consolation heat, with a mark of 1:10.61.

Two days earlier, senior Chris Good won his consolation heat and took 17th overall in the 200-meter backstroke with a mark of 2:03.50, beating out his prelim time of 2:04.56 by over a second.

Junior Anne Marie May finished up the meet for the Gauchos with a ninth-place finish in the 50-meter freestyle. May touched the wall in 25.83.

The U.S. Open served as the selection meet for the 2009 World University Games, which will be held from July 2-7, 2009 in Belgrade, Serbia. The highest placing athlete in each event who will be enrolled as a full-time university student through Jan. 1, 2009 will be invited to the World University Games Team.

In international news, senior Jeff Sudbury had an outstanding showing as he represented Canada at the Tri Nations Cup swimming competition that took place in Quebec City on August 1-3. The Gaucho swimmer took gold in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 23.20 and was also a member of the 200 freestyle relay team that finished third with a mark of 1:32.14.

The three-day meet featured the top prospects to challenge for spots on the 2012 Olympic teams for Canada, France, and Britain.

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