March 19, 2009
Tech women complete first day at the NCAA Championships
Smith finishes with 11th best time in the 50 free
Women's NCAA Championships
Virginia Tech

COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The H2Okie women’s swimming team took to the pool for the first day of competition at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. Tech competed in the 200 free relay event, along with the 50 and 500 free. The H2Okies sit in 26th place with 5.5 points.

In preliminary action, senior Sara Smith posted a time of 22.12 in the 50 free for the H2Okies, for a ninth-place showing. Smith posted the 11th-best time in the finals with a time of 22.29. The senior scored 5.5 points for the H2Okies.

Freshman Erika Hajnal competed in her first NCAA Championship this afternoon. Hajnal swam in the 500 free for Tech and touched in with a preliminary time of 4:43.25.

In relay action, the H2Okies nearly broke their top conference time of 1:29.29 in the 200 free relay. The team of Smith and seniors Jordan McHorney and Megan Newell, along with sophomore Steffi Drechsel posted a time of 1:29.88.

Tech will be back in action tomorrow at the second day of the NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. The H2Okies will compete in the 200 medley relay and 800 free relay along with the 400 IM, 100 fly and 100 back. Live results are available on

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