No. 8 Aggies in Second at Big 12 Championships

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COLUMBIA, MO -- The Texas A&M women’s swimming & diving team sits in second-place two days into the 2009 Big 12 Championships being held at the Mizzou Aquatic Center this week.

The eighth-ranked Aggies sit in second place with 281 points, just 26 points behind third-ranked Texas (307). Missouri leads Kansas, 209-173, in the race for third while Iowa State is fifth (112) and Nebraska is sixth (108).

“We had an outstanding day,” A&M head coach Steve Bultman said. “There were lots of lifetime best times for us out there today. The girls just kept stepping up time after time. By swimming fast they have made the meet a lot of fun for everyone involved. There are lots of smiles on their faces.”

Senior Triin Aljand (Tallinn, Estonia) earned a second-place finish in the 50-yard freestyle in 22.05. Aljand, the three-time defending champion, finished .17 behind Texas senior Hee-Jin Chang despite swimming the second-fastest time of her career.

Sophomore Maria Sommer (Brenham) swam her way to second on the all-time A&M list in the 50 free with a fourth-place time of 22.43. Junior Sarah Woods (Birmingham, Ala.) also swam a lifetime-best time, finishing fifth in 22.64. Senior Marissa Jasek (San Antonio) grabbed seventh in 22.78 after setting a career best of 22.72 during morning prelims.

Sophomore Lindsey King (Beaverton, Ore.) turned in one of the biggest A&M highlights of the session in the 200-yard individual medley. King raced to a second-place finish in 1:58.19, a time more than five seconds faster than her previous career best.

“Lindsey’s 200 IM was a huge time drop and she more than likely will make NCAA’s,” Bultman said.

Fellow soph Melanie Dodds (Maple Ridge, B.C.) recorded a career-best of 2:00.08 to finish fourth while junior co-captain Melissa Hain (Kingwood) came in right behind her in a career-best of 2:00.33. Freshman Lauren Clifford (Pollock Pines, Calif.) was eighth in 2:01.59 after setting a career-best of 2:01.23 in the morning.

The Aggie 400-yard medley relay team of Lindsey King, Renee Iserman (Spring), Triin Aljand and Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.) finished second in 3:35.04, the second-fastest time in school history. King, who had already been having the meet of her life, kept on raising the bar by smoking her old 100 back lifetime-best of 55.37 in leading the relay off in 53.51, an NCAA consideration time.

U.S. Olympian Christine Marshall (Newport News, Va.), swimming the 500-yard freestyle in a championship meet for the first time, clocked a lifetime-best and NCAA consideration time of 4:42.96. Marshall’s time ranks as the fourth-fastest in A&M history and earned her a third-place finish.

Eight-time All-American Codie Hansen (Arlington) swam the two fastest 500 freestyles of her life, ending with a 4:43.13 effort to grab fourth-place in the championship final. Sophomore Hannah Kinder (Cape Girardeau, Mo.) celebrated her return to her home state by earning the final spot to the 500 free final during preliminaries, recording a lifetime-best time of 4:48.83. Kinder finished eighth in the final in 4:50.61.

Sophomore Emily Watson (Frisco) earned a career-best Big 12 finish of ninth-place, totaling a score of 263.30. Junior Haley Haynes (The Woodlands) and freshman Lorena Lujan (San Antonio) finished directly behind Watson in 10th and 11th-place with scores of 258.80 and 249.00, respectively.

The third of four days of action at the 2009 Big 12 Championships will begin with individual preliminaries at 10 a.m. with finals scheduled for 6 p.m.

500-Yard Freestyle – Final

3. Christine Marshall, 4:42.96*

4. Codie Hansen, 4:43.13*

8. Hannah Kinder, 4:50.61

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17. Sally Ranzau, 4:51.46

18. Alyssa Conner, 4:51.85

500-Yard Freestyle – Prelims

3. Codie Hansen, 4:44.42*

5. Christine Marshall, 4:46.34*

8. Hannah Kinder, 4:48.83*

16. Alyssa Conner, 4:52.55

17. Sally Ranzau, 4:52.78

31. Sarah Froehlich, 5:02.41

Exh. Casey Hurrell-Zitelman, 4:50.21

200-Yard Individual Medley – Final

2. Lindsey King, 1:58.19*

4. Melanie Dodds, 2:00.08*

5. Melissa Hain, 2:00.33*

8. Lauren Clifford, 2:01.59

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17. Jordan King, 2:01.48

18. Rita Medrano, 2:03.34

20. Rebekah Love, 2:05.02

200-Yard Individual Medley – Prelims

3. Lindsey King, 1:59.55*

4. Melanie Dodds, 2:00.10*

5. Melissa Hain, 2:00.54*

8. Lauren Clifford, 2:01.23

10. Jordan King, 2:01.50

16. Rebekah Love, 2:03.93

19. Rita Medrano, 2:05.05

37. Renee Iserman, 2:13.63

Exh. Emily Neal, 2:02.89

Exh. Caroline Maxvill, 2:08.03

50-Yard Freestyle – Finals

2. Triin Aljand, 22.05*

4. Maria Sommer, 22.43*

5. Sarah Woods, 22.64*

7. Marissa Jasek, 22.78*

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T20. Leslie Dlugopolski, 23.82

50-Yard Freestyle – Prelims

2. Triin Aljand, 22.16*

4. Maria Sommer, 22.51*

5. Marissa Jasek, 22.72*

7. Sarah Woods, 22.83

21. Leslie Dlugopolski, 23.82

T24. Tarin Corwin, 23.93 (23.59 in swimoff)

Exh. Ella Doerge, 22.83

Exh. Megan Latone, 23.52

One-Meter Diving

9. Emily Watson, 263.30

10. Haley Haynes, 258.80

11. Lorena Lujan, 249.00

400-Yard Medley Relay

2. Lindsey King, Renee Iserman, Triin Aljand, Christine Marshall 3:35.04*

* - NCAA Consideration Time




 
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