Nicponski Posts Career Best Time on Second Day of NCAA Championships

Nicponski Posts Career Best Time on Second Day of NCAA Championships

March 20, 2009

COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Sophomore Sara Nicponski swam a personal best time in the 100 breaststroke on Friday, the second day of the NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships, which are being hosted by Texas A&M. The Gauchos swam in three events during Friday's preliminary heats.

Nicponski and teammate senior Katy Freeman both swam in the 100 breaststroke prelims. Nicponski finished 21st overall with her career best time of 1:00.82, shaving .15 seconds off of her previous top time. Freeman finished 30th overall, touching the wall in 1:01.29.

In the 100 backstroke, junior Naomi Javanifard posted a time of 55.23, finishing 58th in the event's morning prelims.

Before the individual events, the Gauchos swam in the 200 medley relay. The UCSB team made up of Javanifard, Freeman, Erin Yamamoto and Anne Marie May finished 17th in the prelims, failing to secure a place in the event's finals. The team posted a time of 1:39.54 and will be the first alternate for tonight's finals.

The Gauchos will conclude action at the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday. UCSB will have swimmers competing in the 100 freestyle and 200 breaststroke.

In its on-going effort to draw awareness to breast cancer and to promote its research, the UCSB Athletics Department will sponsor "Pink Week" at three of its athletics events on Mar. 28, 2009.

Three UCSB intercollegiate events, scheduled for Saturday, Mar. 28, have been desiganated "Pink Week" games. The women's tennis match, slated for 11 a.m. on the Robertson Gymnasium Courts, a softball doubleheader scheduled to start at 12 p.m. on Campus Diamond, and a 12 p.m. women's water polo match at Campus Pool will all be part of the effort.

"Pink Week" is part UCSB Athletics' BE Great initiative.

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