By Jordan Parry, SDA Media Relations
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. -- The final day of the 2014 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships came to a close Saturday evening from the Minnesota Aquatic Center, and for Arizona State, this proved to be a final opportunity for one senior to build to her legacy as a Sun Devil. Tristin Baxter, swimming for her last time in a college event, took an 18th place finish in the 1650 free.
Baxter qualified for the NCAAs in the 1650 with a time of 16:09.76, 20th fastest in the country coming into the day. Though she never swam the event on a normal occurence in most competitions over the course of the year, as the 1000 free much of the time is the longest distance swimmers will swim, Baxter excelled in the long distance events such as the 1000 and 500 free on a regular basis.
Her time in Minneapolis could not quite reach that of her qualifying time, as she finished the race in 16:10.45, but Baxter still took an 18th place result for Arizona State, gaining two positions in her national rank from her qualifying time.
The ASU women's participants for the 2014 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships included Baxter and diver Hailey Casper. Together the duo earned eight points for the school’s total, helping Arizona State to tie with Ohio State and to finish higher than school’s such as Kansas, LSU, and Oregon State.