March 20, 2009
H2Okies complete second day of action at the NCAA Championships
Hajnal leads all Tech performers in her first appearance at the championships
Women's NCAA Championships
Virginia Tech

COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Virginia Tech women’s swimming and diving team took part at the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The H2Okies competed in the 200-medley relay and 800 free relay events, along with the 400 IM, 100 fly and 100 back. Freshman Erika Hajnal set a new H2Okie record at the met in the 400 IM to lead the team. Tech is currently in 33rd place.

Hajnal took part at the second day of the championships for Tech in the 400 IM and clocked in a new team record for the H2Okies in the event, touching in with a time of 4:11.74. The freshman shattered the time she previously set this season by nearly two seconds.

In the 100 fly, senior Megan Newell posted the 27th best time in preliminary action at the meet. The senior from Ashburn, Va., registered a time of 52.88 in the event. Meanwhile, sophomore Steffi Drechsel and senior Jordan McHorney competed in the 100 back for the H2Okies. The former posted a time of 54.43, while the latter touched in at 55.33 in the preliminary race.

In relay action, the H2Okies squad of senior Sara Smith, McHorney and Newell, along with Drechsel took to the pool in the 200-medley relay. The team posted a time of 1:39.85 for a 19th place showing in the preliminary round.

At the final day of the events, the H2Okies will compete in the 100 free, 200 fly, and the 1650 free events in individual action, while the relay team will race in the 400 free relay event. Follow all the live action at

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