March 4, 2005
AUSTIN, Texas - Freshman Kyle Leto advanced to the grand final of the 500-yard freestyle and junior Renee Dyer won the consolation final of the 200-yard breaststroke to highlight UC Davis swimming action in the second day of the American Short Course Championships. In all, the Aggies advanced one swimmer (Leto) to an `A' final and seven to `B' finals during Friday's morning session.
Dyer finished with a season-best time of two minutes, 22.89 seconds, beating by just one-hundredth of a second her old best of 2:22.90, set against Cal St. Bakersfield in January. She also made the consy final of the 50 free with a 15th-place 24.30 in the prelims. She matched that finish in the `B' final, posting a 24.18.
Leto hit a season-best 4:32.04 to finish sixth in the prelims, exactly four seconds faster than his previous season-best time. He is the first Aggie men's swimmer to advance to an `A' final in this year's national meet. Leto continued to place seventh with a final time of 4:33.36, while teammate Nik Kemp was 14th in the event at 4:39.74.
Aggie sophomore Hannah Watanabe placed ninth in the 200 butterfly prelims to start the day, posting a lifetime-best of 2:06.24. She continued on to finish 14th overall with a mark of 2:06.87. Abbey Cornell also advanced to the `B' final in that event, finishing 15th at 2:10.05.
Kyle Payne, who was the Aggie men's highest finisher on Thursday, reached the `B' final of the men's 200 breaststroke. He placed second in the race and 10th overall with a mark of 2:05.54.
Peter Hagens posted a 50 free time of 21.36, the fastest by any Aggie this season, to place 19th in the meet. He beat out teammates Matt Crawford, who finished 20th; and Kevin Bacharach, who improved his season-best mark to 21.64. Adam Pluemer added a 13th-place finish in the 100 backstroke, recording a 52.43 time in the consolation final.
The American Short Course Championships, held at the Lee and Joe Jamail Swimming Center on the University of Texas campus, concludes Saturday. The first event is the women's 200 backstroke.
2005 AMERICAN SHORT-COURSE CHAMPIONSHIPS - DAY TWO
Lee & Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center - March 4, 2005
Winners plus UC Davis competitors
MEN'S 200 BUTTERFLY - 1. John Scott, Auburn, 1:45.93... 14. Russell Taylor, 1:53.14 (1:54.46 prelims).
WOMEN'S 50 FREESTYLE - 1. Rhi Jeffrey, unattached, 22.64... 15. Renee Dyer, 24.18 (24.30 prelims).
WOMEN'S 100 BACKSTROKE - 1. Natalie Coughlin, California Aquatics, 52.22... 37. Abbey Cornell, 1:01.14.
WOMEN'S 500 FREESTYLE - 1. Kelsey Ditto, Longhorn Aquatics, 4:45.22.
WOMEN'S 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Terrapin `A' (Rogers, Bard, Dwelley, Prutton), 1:34.47.
MEN'S 200 FREESTYLE RELAY - 1. Southern Methodist `A' (Becerra, Postma, Nylin, White), 1:19.14.