March 20, 2010
Lady H2Okies wrap up NCAA Championships with a 24th-place finish
Hajnal leads H2Okies with highest finish.

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – The Lady H2Okies finished up the 2010 NCAA Swimming & Diving Championships with a 24th-place finish, earning 26 points. With three individual competitors on the final day, the H2Okies’ highest finish came from sophomore Erika Hajnal, who finished 30th in the 1650 free, clocking in at 16:25.00.

Also competing in the 1650 free was junior Lauren Ritter. Ritter earned a 35th-place finish at the Championships with a time of 16:34.29.

The Lady H2Okies’ final competitor was freshman Katarina Filova, who finished the 100 free in 49.80, good for 39th-place.

Hajnal also finished eighth in the 400 IM on Friday, earning All-American status. Filova took 14th in the 200 freestyle on day two. Hajnal and Filova also teamed with Kelly deMarrais and Lauren Ritter to earn a 10th-place finish in the 800 freestyle relay on Friday.

"The women's 800 free relay was our best relay finish ever at NCAA's," said H2Okies' head coach Ned Skinner. "The four women achieved honorable mention All-American status and 14 team points for their efforts. Erika and Katarina also contributed more individual points and helped propel us to a top 25 finish. We are very proud of these ladies. They represented our program
with class and raced very hard. We had a great experience."

The men will be up next in the NCAA Championships, where Charlie Higgins, Mikey McDonald and Logan Shinholser will compete. The Championships are scheduled for March 25-27 at Ohio State in Columbus, Ohio.

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