Feb. 29, 2008
LONG BEACH, Calif. - The Sun Devils qualified 11 athletes for tonight's finals of the Women's Swimming Pac-10 Championships. Seven athletes earned NCAA consideration cuts with one athlete earning an automatic qualifying time.
Jamie Martinez qualified for the "B" consolation final in the 400 IM with a personal best time of 4:21.66. The sophomore took almost over eight seconds off her previous fastest time and was also under the NCAA consideration time. Ashley Evans also qualified for the "B" consolation final after finishing in 4:23.49.
Martinez set a new personal best and put herself at sixth on ASU's all-time list in the 100 back. The San Jose native touched in under the NCAA "B" cut at 55.82 to put herself in the "A" consolation. Mirela Kardasevic and Rikka Brunner both qualified for the "B" consolation final with times of 56.60 and 57.53 respectively.
Caitlin Andrew qualified for the Championship Final in the 100 fly. The senior, who holds the ASU record in the event, clocked in a season-best time of 52.66. Her time was the second-fastest 100 fly time of the day so far and is an NCAA automatic qualifying time. Ashton Aubry qualified for the "A" consolation final with an NCAA "B" time of 54.17.
In the 200 free, Lindsey Brown qualified for the "A" consolation final with an NCAA consideration time of 1:49.12. Brown's time marks a personal best for the senior. Ellis Schieman clocked in a time of 1:50.17 to qualify for the "B" consolation final. Schieman's time is also under the NCAA "B" cut.
Lindsey Russenberger added her name to ASU's all time list in the 100 breast. The senior touched in at 1:03.18 to put her name at seventh all time. Russenberger qualified for the "A" consolation final with her time and earned an NCAA "B" time. Sara McDaniel qualified for the "B" consolation final with a time of 1:03.82. Ilene Lesch and Evans also qualified for the "B" final after touching in at 1:04.09 and 1:05.46 respectively.
The Sun Devils will compete in the championship finals of their respected events tonight. Along with the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back, the Sun Devils will also compete in the 400 medley relay. Live stats are available at www.collegeswimming.com.