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Bakula Leads Swimmers On Day One At Nationals
Posted: Wednesday, March 18, 2009
MINNEAPOLIS, Minn. - Angie Bakula (So.-Appleton, Wis./West) finished as an All-American to lead the UW-Eau Claire men's and women's swimming and diving teams on the first day of the 2009 NCAA Division III Championships at the University of Minnesota.
On her way to finishing in 14th place in the 500-yard freestyle, Bakula broke and then re-broke a school record. In preliminaries, she became the first Blugold to break the 5-minute mark in the event with a time of 4:59.45. She then broke that record in the finals as she finished with a time of 4:58.98. Liz Horvat from Emory University set an NCAA record in preliminaries with a time of 4:49.24 and then broke the record in the finals with a time of 4:47.04 to take first.
Kirsten Lickel (Fr.-Madison, Wis./East) also competed today and finished in 52nd place in the 200-yard individual medley with a time of 2:11.20.
The Blugold women are currently tied for 32nd place with three points at the championship out of 36 teams. Kenyon is the top team after the first day with 142 points. Kenyon has won the last two NCAA titles and 22 of the last 25.
Three more days of competition are scheduled for the championships. Tomorrow Bryan Dykstra (Sr.-Racine, Wis./Horlick) and Ken Ritt (Jr.-Racine, Wis./Horlick) will be in action in the one-meter dive while Bakula will swim in the 200-yard freestyle and Lickel will compete in the 400-yard individual medley.
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