May 27, 2009

Katy Freeman Takes First Twice at Janet Evans Invite

May 27, 2009

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SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - Senior Katy Freeman and several other UC Santa Barbara swimmers competed at the Janet Evans Invitational over the weekend at the William Wollet Aquatics Center in Irvine, Calif. Freeman took first place in both the 100-meter breaststroke and 200-meter breaststroke at the meet while competing with the newly formed Santa Barbara Aquatics Club.

On Friday in the 100 breast, Freeman posted a time of 1:08.40 in the finals beating out Olympian Rebecca Soni by .43 seconds. She now ranks second in the United States in the event and 30th in the world.

Freeman kept things rolling on Saturday when she concluded the meet with another first-place finish, touching the wall in 2:26.75 in the 200 breast. The win was another upset as she once again beat out Soni, the current world record holder in the event. In the 200 breast, Freeman is currently ranked first in the U.S. and 26th in the world.

Anne Marie May also had a top-eight finish, taking seventh in the 50 free with a mark of 26.69. In the men's 50 freestyle, Gaucho alum and Olympian Jason Lezak took first with a time of 21.90.

Lezak concluded the meet with the top time in the 100 free as well, clocking in at 47.80, just .29 seconds slower than Michael Phelps' American record in the event.

Four other Gauchos made event finals at the meet. Brittany Borowitz took seventh in the 400 individual medley (5:03.15), Chris Wiggin took sixth in the 100 fly (55.84) and seventh in the 200 fly (2:05.48), Naomi Javanifard took seventh in the 100 fly (1:02.38) and Travis Jepson took sixth in the 200 breast (2:22.28).

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