UPDATE: Andrea Ward swam a school record 51.47 in the 100 Butterfly finals at the NCAA Championships, earning a 4th place finish and All American honors. This is the highest finish by a Gaucho swimmer since Anne Marie May's 2008 performance in the 50 free.
"I am so happy for Andrea and impressed with how she is swimming here. Tonight was a veteran swim, a strong swim and all the credit should go to Andrea and our assistant coach, Tim Siciliano, who has been working with her all year," said head coach Gregg Wilson.
Ward closes her UCSB career tomorrow with the 200 Butterfly, an event which Wilson says is wide open for his soon to be graduating senior.
"She is swimming so well right now, she could do just about anything she wants tomorrow."
MINNEAPOLIS - UC Santa Barbara's Andrea Ward recorded a time of 51.58 in the 100 yard butterfly prelim on Friday morning, the sixth fastest time in the race and her fastest of the season.
Ward, the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation Swimmer of the Year, will swim in the 100 butterfly final on Friday evening.
Seeded 10th entering the race, Ward's previous best time of 51.76 came in December at the Texas Invitational. She not only bettered that time, but she narrowly missed finishing fifth in the prelim as Princeton's Elizabeth Boyce edged her in a timie of 51.57
The fastest qualifier for Friday night's final was Louisville's Kelsi Worrell who swam a 50.95.
Ward will also swim in the 200 yard butterfly prelim on Saturday morning.