INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (PRESS RELEASE) - Ashley Wanland wrapped up an outstanding week at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships by doing herself one better Saturday.
The University of Wisconsin freshman came home third in the women's 200-meter breaststroke at IU Natatorium after putting together two outstanding swims on the final day of the national championship meet.
Wanland clocked in at 2:25.90 to score the best finish by a UW swimmer at the event, finishing 5.52 seconds back of champion Rebecca Soni, who won in 2:20.38.
It was the second substantial time drop of the day for Wanland, who trimmed better than 3 1/2 seconds off her previous lifetime-best mark in the event during the morning preliminaries. She clocked a time of 2:27.55 in the prelims to rank fourth-fastest overall heading into the evening finals session.
Wanland came into the meet ranked 16th in the event. On Thursday, she also posted an impressive sixth-place finish in the 100 breast.
Also in the prelims of the 200 breast, junior Libby Brooks was 32nd overall with a time of 2:36.38.
Maggie Meyer also was a finalist Saturday, as she earned an eighth-place finish in the ‘B' final of the women's 100-meter freestyle in 56.32. Meyer was a finalist in three events on the week, including her fourth-place finish in the 200-meter backstroke on Friday.
Freshman Beckie Thompson also swam the 100 free, finishing 56th in 57.85, with incoming UW freshman Laura Miller 63rd in 58.82.
On the men's side, junior Derrick O'Donnell finished 38th in the prelims of the 200-meter breaststroke in 2:24.23, with incoming freshman Sam Rowan coming home 33rd in 2:22.37.
The championships concludes the Badgers' competition schedule until the 2009-10 collegiate season gets underway Oct. 9 with a dual meet against UW-Milwaukee at the UW Natatorium.
NOTE: Complete results available at www.omegatiming.com
Athletic Communications Assistant
University of Wisconsin