Auburn Junior Wins 50 at NCAA Championships

A report on the first day of the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships is featured.

Austin, Tex.--Junior Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace won the 50-yard freestyle on Thursday night as her Auburn team ended the first of three days of competition in sixth place at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships.

Auburn has 80 points to trail Georgia (129), Southern Cal (122), Stanford (116), Cal (115) and Arizona (99). Host Texas is seventh with 68 points.

"It's a great feeling," Vanderpool-Wallace said of winning the 50, an event she also won at the SEC Championships. "At camp to begin the season we set goals for ourselves and one was to win the 50 freestyle. It is great to see that accomplished."

Vanderpool-Wallace's winning time was 21.38. Cal's Liv Jensen was second in 21.50. It was her first NCAA individual title to go with 10 wins at the conference level.

"Tomorrow (Friday) will be a big day for us," Auburn coach Brett Hawke said. "We need to come in with our game face on. It was great to see some of the younger swimmers stepping up and, of course, to see Arianna do what she did. It was just a huge swim. You could tell she was zoned in."

The 200 freestyle relay team anchored by Vanderpool-Wallace took fifth place with a time of 1:28.43.

Vennie Dantin placed sixth on the one-meter springboard with a 12-dive total of 318.65 points, which is her highest NCAA finish in the event.

Senior Caitlin Geary picked up seven points for the Tigers placing second in the 200 individual medley consolation finals in a season-best time of 1:56.89.


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