AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) set a new Coastal Collegiate Swimming Association record and a school record by finishing in 34th place in the 100 back preliminaries at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Friday at the Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.
Svensson finished with a time of 53.61, shedding 27 tenths of a sec off her previous best time, in the third heat as the top 16 times qualified for the finals of the event with the final qualifier at 52.85.
“I think it says a lot about an athlete that can come to the very biggest stage and perform at their best,” said head coach Neal Studd. “Emma has showed she is a big time performer and I am really excited about her future.”
Svensson touched in with the second fastest time among freshman as Melanie Klaren from Cal Berkley qualified for the “B’ final with a time of 52.85.
On Saturday, Svensson will compete in the women's 100 free preliminary rounds. The 100 fee will be the second individual event during the morning session, which begins at 11 a.m. central time with the 200 back.
Svensson had a memorable freshman campaign for the Eagles, earning the CCSA’s Most Outstanding Female Freshman Performer of the Meet, placing first in the 100 back (54.20) and second place in both the 50-yard free (22.87) and the 100-yard free (49.33). She also led the conference with four CCSA Swimmer of the Week awards.
The Green and Blue finished the regular season with an 11-2 dual meet record (4-0 CCSA) and finished their fourth-straight CCSA Championship with their largest margin of victory ever, 300 points better than second place Liberty.
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