March 19, 2010
    H2Okies place 10th in relay; Hajnal named All-American in 400 IM
    Virginia Tech is 21st overall with one day of competition remaining.

    WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Sophomore sensation Erika Hajnal and freshman phenomenon Katarina Filova both broke their own Virginia Tech school records to post top-20 national finishes, while the 800 freestyle relay team earned a 10th-place finish on day two of the Women’s NCAA Championships at Purdue’s Boilermaker Aquatic Center on Friday. The women sit in 21st with 26 points.

    Hajnal posted her first NCAA top-10 finish, earning her All-American status, taking eighth in the 400 IM with a time of 4:12.83. Earlier in the day, she broke the school record in the preliminary competition with a seventh-place finish in 4:09.33.

    "We are very proud of Erika's top-eight finish," said head coach Ned Skinner. "She becomes our first All-American since 2008."

    Filova then led the women in the 200 freestyle with a 16th-place performance in 1:45.99. Like Hajnal, she too broke her own school record in preliminary competition, placing ninth in 1:45.25. Lauren Ritter and Kelly deMarrais posted respective 47th and 48th-place finishes in the 200 free in 1:48.18 and 1:48.30. Ritter’s time marked a season-best.

    To cap of the evening, the H2Okie foursome of Filova, deMarrais, Hajnal and Ritter earned a 10th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay with a final time of 7:10.38, earning honorable mention All-American honors.

    "The women's 800 free relay was our best relay placement finish ever at NCAA's," Skinner said. "The four women achieved honorable mention All-American status for their efforts and their 14 points puts us in a great team race heading into the last day."

    The success on day two has put the women in 21st-place overall with 26 points, and third among ACC teams, behind Virginia and North Carolina. The H2Okies’ 800 freestyle relay team scored 14 points, Hajnal earned 12 points, while Filova added one point throughout the day.

    Filova will be the sole H2Okie competing in the 100 freestyle on Saturday, while Hajnal and Ritter will race in the 1650 freestyle. Hajnal currently holds the school record in the 1650 free in 16:00.16, which she set last year. Saturday’s preliminary competition will begin at 11 a.m., followed by the finals at 7 p.m. Results will be available at www.hokiesports.com.

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