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Big West Athletes Post Stellar Performances during Day Two of NCAA Women's Swim Championships


The second day of the NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships has been completed and the Big West athletes in competition delivered solid performances on the national stage. The Championships are being held at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium on the campus if Texas A&M in College Station, Texas.

UC Davis junior Heidi Kucera went 1:00.99 in the prelims of the 100-yard breaststroke to finish 24th overall, the best finish for Kucera at the national meet after placing 54th in the 200 individual medley yesterday morning. In addition, Kucera's time is the third-fastest time of the season and was just 0.61 seconds off her school-record time. Tomorrow, Kucera will compete in the 200 breast, which is arguably her strongest event.

UC Santa Barbara was represented in three individual races and one relay competition during day two of the national meet. Sophomore Sara Nicponski and teammate senior Katy Freeman both swam in the 100 breaststroke prelims. Nicponski finished 21st overall with her career best time of 1:00.82, shaving .15 seconds off of her previous top time. Freeman finished 30th overall, touching the wall in 1:01.29. In the 100 backstroke, junior Naomi Javanifard posted a time of 55.23, finishing 58th in the event's morning prelims. Prior to the individual events, the Gauchos swam in the 200 medley relay. The UCSB team made up of Javanifard, Freeman, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May finished 17th (1:39.54) in the prelims, failing to secure a place in the event's finals.

Pacific senior Jenny Lewis finished with a 61st place finish in the 100 back (55.51). She qualified for the event with a seed time of 54.91 during the Big West Championship Meet in February. Lewis was .19 seconds off a tie for a 60th-place finish. Jordan McHorney from Virginia Tech finished in 60th with a 55.30 race.