March 9, 2007
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -
As day two of the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the
Following the conclusion of the second day of NCAA Championship action, the Sun Devils are ranked 13th overall, having accumulated a total of 55 points.
"Overall we had an excellent day," said Michael Chasson, ASU head swimming coach. "We set school records and were able to gain significant individual and relay points."
Continuing her incredible track record at the NCAA Championships, Andrew finished third in the 100 butterfly championship finals, touching in an ASU record time of 52.02, surpassing her previous school record of 52.23. In the preliminary round, Andrew tied Christine Magnuson of
Later in the evening, Andrew returned for the consolation finals round of the 100 backstroke, where she again set a Sun Devil record, finishing in 53.68, passing the school mark she had set earlier in the day by merely .01 seconds. In addition to the ASU record, Andrew placed 10th overall in the event, adding to the Sun Devils' overall scoring total. In the event's preliminary round, Andrew recorded an excellent 100 backstroke performance, breaking her ASU record in the event by .12 seconds by finishing in 53.69. In addition to achieving what at the time was yet another Sun Devil standard, she placed ninth overall, only .02 seconds from qualifying for the event's championship finals round.
"Caitlin Andrew has done an amazing job at the NCAA Championships," Chasson said. "She has competed in 13 races in two days and has done very well in all of them."
For the second consecutive day, ASU showcased a school record-breaking relay performance, as in the event's preliminary round, the Sun Devils broke the school 200 medley relay mark. Senior Carissa Abe, freshman Sara McDaniel, Andrew and sophomore Jen Beckberger combined to finish the event in 1:39.71, passing the mark of 1:40.08 set by the very same combination of swimmers which was achieved at the Pac-10 Conference Championships in February. In the 200 medley relay consolation finals round, the relay placed 12th overall, touching in1:40.12, further increasing ASU's team points total. Prior to the Pac-10 Championships, ASU's 200 medley relay record stood at 1:40.87 and was swam by Miranda Shald, Agnes Kovacs, Sarah Baham and Claire Hedenskog in 2001.
In individual action, Beckberger entered her name into the Sun Devil record books Friday, swimming the seventh-fastest 200 freestyle in school history, touching in 1:48.49, placing her 36th overall in the event.
McDaniel also competed for the Sun Devils during Friday's preliminary rounds, placing 30th overall in the 100 breaststroke, finishing in 1:02.99
The Sun Devils will conclude the 2007 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships Saturday with the preliminary and final rounds of the 200 backstroke, 100 freestyle, 200 breaststroke, 200 butterfly, 400 freestyle and platform diving.
Continued coverage of the Sun Devils at the 2007 NCAA Championships will be available at TheSunDevils.com.