Day One of NCAA Women's Swim Championships Complete
The first day of competition of the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships is complete and the seven Big West athletes at the meet came through with solid performances on the national stage.
UC Davis junior Heidi Kucera became the first Aggie to compete at the NCAA Championships with her participation in the 200 IM. Kucera went 2:01.12 in the event to finish 54th overall, her second-fastest in the event this season. Kucera went 1:58.36 at the Big West Conference Championships to win the event in B-cut fashion.
UC Santa Barbara junior Anne Marie May placed 15th in the 50 freestyle on Thursday evening, earning honorable mention All-American honors thanks to the top 16 finish. It marks the fourth All-American honor of her career. During the preliminary heats, May was unable to make the event's finals, finishing tenth during the morning swim with a time of 22.13. In the consolation final, May clocked in at 22.37 seconds, finishing 15th overall. Arizona's Lara Jackson won the event in 21.40, a new NCAA meet record.
The UCSB 400 medley relay team finished 19th overall during the morning's prelims and missed making the evening's final in the event. The team, which consisted of Naomi Javanifard, Sara Nicponski, Erin Yamamoto and May, finished in 3:38.74.
Pacific senior Jenny Lewis finished 51st in the 50 free with a time of 22.81. Lewis, who qualified with a seed of 22.46, could not match her school-best time in the event and finished with a 22.81 time. That was only .01 of a second shy of tying for 49th place, as Megan Pulskamp and Rachel Goh from Kentucky and Auburn, respectively, turned in a 22.80 finish.