AUBURN, Ala. – Freshman Emma Svensson (Uppsala, Sweden/Celsiusskolan) finished the final day in style by setting a school record by touching in at 49.44 for 35th place in the 100 free preliminaries at the 2012 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships on Saturday at the Martin Aquatics Center on the campus of Auburn University.
Svensson’s time of 49.44, shedding five tenths of a sec off her previous best time, as the top 16 times qualified for the finals of the event with the final qualifier at 48.68.
“Another great swim and another school record,” said head coach Neal Studd. “I am very proud of her as she was actually faster to the 25 than she was in her 50! I think she has learned a lot on how to be fast without over trying. Next year we want to come back score points and bring more people to the meet, hopefully a relay. There was not one mid major school that had a relay here so that would be really great.”
Svensson touched in with the third fastest time among freshman as Madeline Schaefer from Stanford qualified for the “A” final with a time of 48.29 and Madeline Locus from Georgia qualified for the “B” final with a time of 48.48.
“We had a great week here and we are both motivated to keep improving,” added Studd.
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 (50.03). 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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