March 3, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - UC Davis junior Renee Dyer finished the 100-yard breaststroke in one minute, 5.69 seconds to advance to the `A' final, then swam a 1:06.18 to place seventh overall, highlighting Aggie action during the first day of the American Short Course Championships at the Lee And Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center Thursday.
Dyer was the only member of either the UC Davis men's or women's teams to advance to the grand final, although one woman and three men earned spots in `B' finals.
Freshman Russell Taylor also made his 400 individual medley season debut, posting a 4:04.86 in the preliminaries to advance to the `B' final. He went on to place 14th in the event at 4:05.39. Taylor's prelim time ranks fourth all-time in Aggie records.
Kyle Payne had the highest men's finish for UC Davis, improving his season-best 100 breaststroke to 58.76 in the preliminaries, then surpassing that mark with a 58.55 in the event's `B' final. Payne also advanced in the 400 IM with a 19th-place prelim mark of 4:08.74, but did not compete in the second swim.
UC Davis advanced three swimmers in the 200 freestyle, led by Nik Kemp, who finished sixth in the `B' final and 14th overall with a 1:40.99 mark. Peter Hagens and Kyle Leto each earned spots in the `C' final, placing 19th and 20th, respectively. Leto cut more than a second from his seed time, posting a 1:42.81 in the prelims.
Hannah Watanabe finished 11th in the women's 100 fly with a 56.56 in the final. Watanabe went 56.99 in the prelims to advance. Dyer also went 1:52.34 in the 200 freestyle prelims, advancing to the `C' final of the event. She placed 21st in her second swim with a time of 1:52.04, her second-fastest time of the year.
Eight-time Olympic medalist Michael Phelps was a double-winner on the men's side, capturing the 200 freestyle at 1:32.08 then claiming the 400 IM title with a 3:42.74 mark. Local favorite Ian Crocker picked up three total event victories. He won the 100 fly at 46.00 and was a member of the first-place 200 medley and 400 free relay squads for Longhorn Aquatics.
Natalie Coughlin, a three-time NCAA Swimmer of the Year honoree, was the lone double-winner on the women's side. She captured the 100 free with a 1:44.86 clocking, then added a victory in the 100 fly with a 52.13 time.
The American Short Course Championships continue Friday, beginning with the women's 200 fly.
2005 AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY ONE
Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center - March 3, 2005
Winners plus UC Davis competitors only.
WOMEN'S 200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Terrapin `A' (Rogers, Brix, Dwelley, Bard), 1:43.63.
MEN'S 200 MEDLEY RELAY - 1. Longhorn `A' (Peirsol, Hansen, Crocker, Walker), 1:26.85.
MEN'S 200 FREESTYLE - 1. Michael Phelps, Wolverine, 1:32.08... 14. Nik Kemp, 1:40.99 (1:41.47 prelims); 19. Peter Hagens, 1:42.89 (1:43.26); 20. Kyle Leto, 1:42.99 (1:42.81); 27. Ryan Tucker, 1:44.30; 37. Kaleb Wallen, 1:45.80; 47. Adam Pluemer, 1:47.47; 48. Matt Crawford, 1:47.50.
WOMEN'S 100 BREASTSTROKE - 1. Alexi Spann, Longhorn, 1:03.61... 7. Renee Dyer, 1:06.18 (1:05.69 prelims).
MEN'S 400 INDIVIDUAL MEDLEY - 1. Michael Phelps, Wolverine, 3:42.74... 14. Russell Taylor, 4:05.39 (4:04.86 prelims); 21. Kyle Leto, 4:11.42 (4:11.00 prelims); 25. Kyle Payne, 4:08.74 (19th in prelims); 30. Vincent Mecozzi, 4:19.18.
WOMEN'S 400 FREE RELAY - 1. Terrapin `A' (Bard, Rogers, McLane, Dwelley), 3:24.72.
MEN'S 400 FREE RELAY - 1 . Longhorn `A' (Crocker, Dusing, Hansen, Walker), 2:57.49.