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NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships

Mar 21, 1998


Notes from Day 3 Finals - Saturday, March 21

Event 15 (1,650 freestyle - FINAL) Arizona's Trina Jackson defended her title in the 1,650 freestyle with a time of 15:49.25, a new Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record. Jackson swam the leadoff leg of the national champion 800 freestyle relay and placed second in the 500 freestyle event. Arizona claimed the top two finishes in the event as Laurie Kline placed second in 16:02.07.

Event 16 (200 backstroke - FINAL) Stanford's Misty Hyman won her second individual NCAA title and overall her fourth of the championships in capturing the 200 backstroke crown in a Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record time of 1:53.12. Georgia's Keegan Walkley finished second with a time of 1:53.22 Hyman's winning time is the third-fastest all-time and Walkley's second-place time the fourth fastest trailing only two-time NCAA champion Whitney Hedgepeth's (Texas) all-time best times of 1:52.98 (1992) and 1:53.05 (1994).1997 champion Lindsay Benko of USC placed fifth in 1:55.59.

Event 17 (100 freestyle - FINAL) SMU's Martina Moravcova successfully completed the defense of her three individual crowns with the title in the 100 freestyle. Moravcova finished with a time of 48.81 seconds. She also defended titles in the 200 freestyle and the 200 individual medley to become the first swimmer since Summer Sanders in 1991-1992 to win three individual titles in back-to-back championships. Moravcova also was a member of the winning 200 freestyle relay. Mustang teammate Rania Elwani placed second in a time of 49.01.Catherine Fox, already a four-time NCAA champion in 1998, placed sixth in 49.27.

Event 18 (200 breaststoke - FINAL) Georgia's Kristy Kowal swept the individual breaststroke events, adding the 200 breaststroke title to the 100 breaststroke title she won yesterday. Kowal set a new NCAA meet and Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record with a time of 2:09.14. That time is also the sixth-best mark all-time. Kowal's winning time in the 100 breaststroke of 59.05 seconds set an American and NCAA record. Stanford's Elin Austevoll, a member of two national champion relays, finished second with a time of 2:11.04.

Event 19 (200 butterfly - FINAL) Stanford's Misty Hyman joined SMU's Martina Moravcova as triple individual event winners. Hyman added her third individual title, and fifth overall, in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:55.70. The time set a new Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record. Hyman also owns titles in the 100 butterfly and the 200 backstroke, as well as national crowns as a member of winning 200 and 400 medley relays. 1997 champion Lia Overton of SMU finished second with a time of 1:57.73.

Event 20 (platform diving - FINAL) Tennessee junior Kathy Presek became the third Lady Vol to win an NCAA title, capturing the platform diving crown with a score of 659.65. Pesek outscored her nearest competitor, 1997 champion Laura Wilkinson of Texas by over 26 points. Wilkinson finished second with a total of 633.25.

Event 21 (400 freestyle relay - FINAL) The Arizona relay team of Shannon Hosack, Liesl Kolbisen, Lindsey Farella and Denali Knapp won the 400 freestyle relay with a time of 3:15.77. The same foursome combined to win the 200 freestyle relay. Arizona became the first school since Stanford in 1982 to win all three freestyle relay titles. Farella was a member of each of those winning relays.

Stanford wins title with 422.0 points. Eighth NCAA title, six in the 1990's. Stanford head coach Richard Quick won his 12th NCAA title.