March 19, 2004
College Station, TX - At the conclusion of the second day of preliminary action at the 2004 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, held at Texas A&M's Student Rec. Center Natatorium, the Bruins have advanced to three of tonight's finals. Bruins Kim Vandenberg and Kristen Lewis will compete in the 100m Fly consolation final. The 200m Medley Relay of Katie Arnold, Leslie Hovsepian, Vandenberg and Sara Platzer has also advanced to the final. The Bruins enter tonight's final events in sixth place with 75 points.
In the 200m Medley Relay prelim, the Bruins finished seventh in 1:52.01. Arnold swam the first leg in 28.14. Hovsepian's breaststroke leg timed in at 32.74. Vandenberg swam the Fly in 26.66 and Platzer anchored the Free in 24.47.
In the 400m Individual Medley prelim, junior Kim Scarborough finished 19th in a school record breaking 4:44.18. Earlier this year, she set the school record at 4:44.77. Freshman Jane Imagane also competed in the 400m IM prelim. She finished 36th in 4:49.01.
In the 100m Fly prelim, both Vandenberg and Lewis qualified for the consolation final. Vandenberg finished ninth in 59.50. Lewis was 11th in 59.61. Freshman Amy Thurman finished 43rd in 1:02.64,
In the 200m Free, senior Malin Svahnstrom was 19th in 1:59.98. Senior Jackie Lobdell finished 34th in 2:00.96. And, freshman Katie Nelson was 36th in 2:01.54. In the 100m Breast, Hovsepian finished 34th in 1:11.45. On three-meter springboard, sophomore Paige Thompson finished 31st, scoring 258.40.
In the final prelim of the day, Arnold set a new school 100m Back record. She finished 18th in 1:00.86, breaking Nicole Beck's previous record of 1:01.26 (2000). Senior Naoko Watanabe finished 31st in 1:01.91.
Vandenberg, Lewis and the 200m Medley Relay will compete in tonight's finals. The finals will begin at 7:00 PM CST/5:00 PM PST.