INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana March 22, 2013 – UNCW’s Carly Tanner tied for 21st place in the 100 Breaststroke as she continued her dance card Friday on the second day of the 2013 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis.
The senior from Manassas, Va., was seeded 20th overall entering the race and touched in 1:00.45 to tie with LSU’s Torrey Bussey for 21st place out of 48 entries. James Madison’s Sin Hye Won tied for 43rd at 1:01.71.
Texas A&M swimmer Breeja Larson came in first in the 100 Breaststroke prelims in 58.03, just ahead of Southern Cal’s Kasey Carlson (58.66) and Columbia’s Katie Meili (58.87). The top 16 swimmers will return for tonight’s finals at 7 p.m.
“Carly did very well,” said Dave Allen, UNCW’s 36-year veteran coach. “She was just off her time in the CAA meet, but still swam a good race. She was right on track the first 75 yards to come back this evening, but her legs got heavy down the stretch.
“The swim itself was a very good swim and we’re certainly pleased. Carly’s disappointed that she didn’t get a second swim. She felt her legs getting a little heavy and she faded. She’s disappointed she couldn’t finish as well as she wanted to.”
Tanner, who closes out her NCAA appearance by swimming in the 100 Freestyle on Saturday, clocked a 1:00.01 to capture the 100 Breaststroke gold medal earlier this month at the CAA Swimming & Diving Championships in Fairfax, Va., touching in front of JMU’s Won (1:00.29).
Tanner is only the second swimmer in the history of the women’s program to compete in the NCAA meet. Caitlin Kirsteier finished 39th in the 50 Freestyle (22.67), 32nd in the 100 Butterfly (53.81) and 45th in the 100 Freestyle (49.98) at the 2010 meet at the Purdue Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
Tanner made her NCAA debut on Thursday by placing 46th out of 56 entries in the 50-yard Freestyle with a time of 22.89 at the impressive facility.
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) are competing in the Hoosier State. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.
Live results are available through NCAA.com and CollegeSwimming.com and live video coverage of the finals will be available on Friday and Saturday, March 22-23, on ESPN3.com, beginning at 7 p.m. ESPNU will air a tape-delayed 90-minute show on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m.