March 21, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Senior Katy Freeman ended her UC Santa Barbara swimming career with a bang on Saturday as she took eighth place in the 200 breaststroke and set a new school record at the 2009 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, which was hosted by Texas A&M.
In the event's preliminaries on Saturday morning, Freeman swam her way to the No. 3 seed into the evening's finals with a school and Big West Conference record-setting time of 2:08.50, which was .62 seconds faster than her previous record.
During the final, Freeman took eighth in a time of 2:10.12. She was the second Gaucho woman in two years to compete in an event final at the NCAA Championships - teammate Anne Marie May finished third in the 50 freestyle in 2008.
With her top-eight finish, Freeman earned her first career All-American honor. She was named an Honorable Mention All-American in 2008 after taking 11th in the same event at the NCAA Championships.
Junior Anne Marie May also competed on Saturday in the 100 freestyle. May placed 35th in the event's preliminary heats during the morning with a time of 49.20, missing her personal best and school record time by .43 seconds.
The Gaucho women finished the meet in 35th place with 13 total points. In addition to Freeman's All-American Honors, May also picked up All-American Honorable Mention accolades on Thursday with her 15th place finish in the 50 freestyle.
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 designated "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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