March 21, 2009
H2Okie women conclude final day at the NCAA Championships
Tech finishes in 34th place with 13.5 points
Women's NCAA Championships
Virginia Tech

COLLEGE STATION, Texas- The Virginia Tech women’s swimming and diving team took the pool for the final day of the events at the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The H2Okies competed in the 100 and 1650 free events in individual action, while the relay team raced in the 400 free relay. The H2Okies closed out the meet in 34th place and scored 13.5 points. California won the championships with a score of 411.5.

Freshman Erika Hajnal, who recorded a new top time in the 400 IM for the H2Okies earlier this weekend, posted four team points in the 1650 free. The freshman posted a time of 16:07.76 for a 13th place finish in the event.

In relay action, the 400 free relay team of sophomore Steffi Drechsel and seniors Megan Newell, Jordan McHorney and Sara Smith tallied and 11th place showing in the preliminary round. The squad posted a time of 3:16.21 for a new H2Okie record. The Tech team placed 15th in the finals with a time of 3:17.21 for an additional four team points.

Smith, who claimed the 11th best time in the 50 free on Thursday, took part in the 100 free for Tech. The senior posted the 20th best time in the preliminary race with a time of 48.52.

Her teammate, Drechsel, also competed in the event for the H2Okies. The sophomore touched in with a time of 49.92 for the 51st best time in the preliminary round.

Next weekend the men’s team will try there luck at the NCAA Championships on March 25-28. The meet will take place at College Station, Texas. The H2okies will be represented by junior Mikey McDonald and freshman Charlie Higgins. McDonald qualified for the NCAA Championships after a stellar performance at the Zone B qualifier last weekend. Higgins will make his first appearance at the championships.

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