March 21, 2008
COLUMBUS, Ohio -
Alabama sophomore Agustina de Giovanni won the consolation finals of the 400 IM at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships with yet another school record in the event that she has made her own this season.
"It was just another great, great race for Agustina," Alabama head coach Eric McIlquham said. "She has been lowering the school record in this event not by tenths of a second, but by two and three seconds at a pop. And to do it tonight on the biggest stage was impressive."
De Giovanni qualified 11th for tonight's consolation finals with a 4:11.33 which shaved two seconds off her previous best and school record set at the SEC Championships. She came back tonight and posted a 4:10.37 to better the school mark yet again and win the consolation finals, putting her ninth overall. Her finish scored nine team points for the Crimson Tide.
Earlier in the day senior Erin Sparks posted a career-best 1:02.42 to finish 31st. Her time solidifies her spot at No. 4 all-time for Alabama. Freshman Ida Persson finished 41st in the 100 butterfly, touching at 54.22 for a career-best of her own, moving her up to fourth all-time for the Tide.
Giovanni and Sparks return to action tomorrow in the 200 breaststroke while Persson and junior Vanessa Von der Heyde will swim the 100 freestyle. Giovanni, Sparks, Persson and Von der Heyde, will combine in the 400 freestyle, the foursome came together to set the school record earlier this season at the Alabama Classic.
The championship, being held on the Ohio State campus at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, concludes on Saturday.