Vandy earns three finals swims on fourth day of SEC Championships

Feb. 21, 2014

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ATHENS, Ga. - The Vanderbilt women's swimming team hadn't had an individual advance into the finals of the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships, until Friday. Alexandra Blankenburg, Chrissy Oberg and Elly Faulknerall earned second swims with school record performances in prelims.

Blankenburg posted her first ever sub 2 minute 200-yard butterfly in prelims, with a school record and NCAA B-cut time of 1:59.49. Her time held up as the 15th fastest in the event, qualifying her for a second swim in the B final.

In her second swim the freshman was slightly slower swimming a 2:00.38 but still scored much need points for the Commodores.

Oberg was the second to qualify for the evening session posting a 54.53 time in the 100-yard backstroke. Her time qualified her for the C-final and was an NCAA B cut and school record.

The South Carolina native finished at 54.62 in her C-final swim, earning a tie for fifth.

Faulkner, who already broken the school record in the 100 breast earlier this year was able to lower her time in the prelims to a 1:01.57, earning her a spot in the C-final.

In her second swim, the Lousiville, Ky. native lowered her school record time even further posting a 1:01.44, finishing second in her heat and scoring seven points for the Commodores.

Vanderbilt closed out the evening with a school record swim in the 400-yard medley relay. The team of Oberg, Faulkner, Kayla Moran and Hannah Martinfinished with a time of 3:40.65, lowering the school record by nearly two seconds.

Five `Dores joined Blankenburg in the 200 fly during the morning session. Moran missed a second swim by less than two-hundredths of a second. She posted an all-time best time of 2:00.80. Also in the 200 fly was Lauren Torres (2:01.24), Rachel Koch (2:03.12), Carrie Bencic (2:04.25) and Alyxandra Vernon(2:08.75).

Alexis Mayhall and Caroline Thomasjoined Oberg on the 100 back. Mayhall finished at 57.13, while Thomas touched at 58.43.

Some of the most impressive swims of the day came in the 100 breaststroke. Outside of Faulkner's school record swim, both Lauren Egan and Rebecca Young set personal best times. Egan clocked in at 1:04.15, while Young crushed her all-time best time swimming a 1:04.54. Kathryn Coughlin, who has been fighting an illness this week, rounded out the 100 breast group finishing at 1:05.07.

Vanderbilt will conclude the 2014 SEC Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday with swims in the 1650 free, 100 free, 200 back, 200 breast and 400-yard freestyle relay.



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