NCAA Division I Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
Mar 20, 1998
Event 7 (200 medley relay - PRELIM) - Georgia (Courtney Shealy, Kristy Kowal, Beth Timmons, Liesl Pimentel) posted the top qualifying time of 1:39.55. Shealy, Koval and Timmons were members of the Bulldogs' American record-setting 400 medley relay that placed second to Stanford on Thursday.
Event 8 (400 individual medley - PRELIM) - Cristina Teuscher set a new Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record with a time of 4:09.47. Her qualifying time is over a second faster than her nearest competitor, Keegan Walkley of Georgia (4:10.71). Teuscher already has one title in the championship, the 500 freestyle.
Event 9 (100 butterfly - PRELIM) - Stanford's Misty Hyman took the 100 butterfly event to a new level in the first NCAA championship of her young career. Hyman tied the NCAA and American record with a clocking of 51.75 seconds. She now shares both records with Crissy Ahmann-Leighton (Arizona) who set the mark at the 1992 NCAA championships. Hyman, a member of the Cardinal's national champion 400 medley relay, completed the 100 butterfly in just 13 strokes. Defending champion Mimi Bowen (Auburn) goes into the final with the third-fastest time of 53.46.
Event 10 (200 freestyle - PRELIMS) - SMU's Martina Moravcova took the first step toward her third NCAA title in the 200 freestyle by posting the top qualifying time of 1:45.91 in prelims. She owns the U.S. Open and NCAA records in the event with a 1:43.08 at last year's NCAA championships. Moracova, an eight-time NCAA champion, won the 200 individual medley yesterday.
Event 11 (100 breaststroke - PRELIMS) - Georgia's Kristy Kowal, the American record holder in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 1:00.04 earlier this season, will enter finals with the top qualifying time of 1:00.24. The mark set a new Dorothy L. Sheppard Pool record. Defending champion and former American record holder Grechen Hegener of Minnesota posted the third-fastest time in prelims of 1:01.19. The second-fastest qualifier was UCLA senior Lindsay Etter with a time of 1:01.00.
Event 12 (100 backstroke - PRELIMS) - California junior Marylyn Chiang swam a time of 53.50 seconds to top the field heading into the final. Defending champion Catherine Fox (Stanford) qualified for the final with the fourth-best time (54.16). Fox has already won two titles in the 1998 NCAA's, the 50 freestyle and as a member of the 400 medley relay.