March 10, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
In the final day of action at the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the
The Sun Devils enjoyed yet another high-ranking, historic relay performance to begin day three, posting a pair of school records in the 400 freestyle relay preliminary rounds. Junior Caitlin Andrew, sophomore Jen Beckberger, junior Lindsey Brown and senior Abra Armour sped through Saturday's preliminary round, touching in 3:16.68, breaking the record of 3:18.38 that the same group set in its last appearance at the Pac-10 Conference Championships. A second school record was earned by Andrew's leadoff time of 48.50 during the relay's opening leg, improving upon the ASU record of 49.25 she set while leading off the 400 freestyle relay at the Pac-10 Championships. The relay placed fifth overall in the preliminary round, however it was disqualified in the championship finals round Saturday evening.
Saturday's record-setting times marked the fourth and fifth ASU records set by the Sun Devils at the NCAA championships, as new standards were also set in the 200 freestyle relay, as well as Caitlin Andrew breaking the school's 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke records.
Also competing Saturday were Beckberger, Armour and Brown in the 100 freestyle preliminary rounds. Beckberger highlighted the trio by swimming the third-fastest 100 freestyle finish in ASU history, placing 26th with a time of 49.74. Armour finished 45th in 50.25, while Brown touched in 50.67, placing 55th overall.
Saturday concludes the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships and the 2006-07 season for the Sun Devil women, capped-off by a greatly improved NCAA finish from the previous season.
ASU's men's swimming and diving team will begin the 2007 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships on March 15.
A comprehensive look back on the Sun Devil women at the 2007 NCAA Championships will be available on TheSunDevils.com