Feb. 17, 2006
EAST MEADOW, N.Y. -- Senior Ann Degenstein (The Woodlands, Texas/The Woodlands) won the 100 butterfly, setting a school record and automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships Friday at the 2006 BIG EAST Swimming and Diving Championships at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The Bearcat men are fifth after the third day of competition, while the women sit in seventh place.
Degenstein broke the school record in prelims, touching the wall in 53.51. The time ranks fourth in the country before this weekend's meets. In the finals, she finished in 53.63, easily outdistancing second-place finisher Sarah Bicknell of Rutgers, who posted a 54.93. Junior Randi Vogel (Maineville, Ohio/Mt. Notre Dame) was a seventh-place finisher in the 100 backstroke, posting a 56.50.
Sophomore Marcel Kleiner (Heilbronn, Germany/Hohen Staufen Gymnasium) finished third in the men's 200 freestyle with a season-best 1:39.41, matching his finish in the 50 freestyle on Thursday. Senior David Gustavsson (Aby, Sweden/Ebersteinska) and freshman Bjorn Mates (Eislingen, Germany/Wirtemberg Gymnasium) placed fifth in the 100 butterfly and 100 backstroke, respectively. Gustavsson swam a 48.51 in the finals, meeting NCAA `B' standards. Mates posted a season-best in prelims (50.53) and followed with a 50.60 in the finals. Junior Steve Marshall (Akron, Ohio/Walsh Jesuit) finished tied for sixth in the 100 breaststroke after swimming a 56.11 in the finals.
The relays again fared well, as the men's 400 medley relay squad finished third and hit an NCAA `B' mark with a 3:18.08. The women's team was fourth, finishing in 3:48.94.
The final day of competition begins Saturday with preliminaries starting at 10:30 a.m.