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Record-Setting First Day At NCAA Women's Championships


Anne Marie May ended a 22-year drought for the UC Santa Barbara women's program as she swam a third-place time of 22.00 in the 50 free, earning All-America status. The last time a female Gaucho swimmer placed in the top eight at the NCAA Championships occurred in 1986 when Anne Patterson swam the 100 breast. Her time of 22.00 also set a new Gaucho record.

Teammate Katy Freeman started off her NCAA experience in the 200 IM swimming a 2:02.88 mark, good for 56th in the nation. Her time was five seconds faster than her time at the Big West Championships.

The 400 medley team of Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and May broke their own record in the prelims of the event. Their time of 3:39.24 gave them the last qualifying time for the finals and broke their previous Gaucho record of 3:41.03. In the finals, the team again broke the Gaucho record, clocking in at 3:38.57. The foursome earned Honorable Mention All-American status.

UC Irvine had two student-athletes competing in the first day of action with Chelsea Nagata and Lyndsay DePaul. Nagata finished 40th in the 50 free with a time of 22.95, setting an Anteater record. DePaul also set a new mark for the UC Irvine program, finishing 39th in the 500 free with a time of 4:47.98.

Pacific's Ja-Neil Bragg finished 50th in the 200 IM, touching the wall at 2:02.63 and placing 23rd.