Dec. 8, 2008
Junior Anne Marie May had a record-setting week at the 2008 Husky Invitational, hosted by the University of Washington Dec. 4-6 in Federal Way.
The Carmel, Calif., native broke both her 50 and 100 freestyle UCSB and Big West Conference records while also helping the Gaucho 200 free, 400 free, 200 medley, and 400 medley relays to school and conference record-setting performances. She also took first-place in all of those events.
Individually, Anne Marie posted a 21.96 in the 50 free and a 48.83 in the 100 free. Both times meet the NCAA "B" qualifying standards for the 2009 national championships in the spring. Her previous records in the event were 22.00 and 49.13, respectively.
The Gaucho 200 medley relay turned in another "B" qualifying time after going 1:30.71. In the 400 medley relay, May was able to catch both USC's and Washington's anchor swimmers after trailing by a body length to grab the first place finish for UCSB. The 400 medley relay also grabbed a "B" qualifying time, clocking in at 3:37.87.
While the previous medley relay records had been set by UCSB last season, the Big West Conference records in the 200 free relay (1:31.12) and 400 free relay (3:20.45) had been held by Nevada. May helped the Gauchos beat the eight-year old 200 free relay record with a mark of 1:30.71 and beat the 10-year old 400 free relay record with a time of 3:20.26. Both times meet the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.
May also threw the 100 breast into her meet program in Washington and had successful results. After qualifying for the event's "B" final, she placed first in that final with a time of 1:02.39, which was the sixth-best time of the evening. The mark was just .01 seconds off of making the NCAA "B" qualifying standard.