FEDERAL WAY, WASHINGTON (PRESS RELEASE) - Ashley Wanland's stay in the record books was a short one, but the University of Wisconsin standout added another impressive finish to her young career before the opening day of the 2009 U.S. Open Swimming Championships came to a close.
Wanland opened the competition in style Tuesday by setting a meet record in the 200-meter breaststroke in the morning preliminaries and then capped the first day with a runner-up finish in the event at the Weyerhaeuser Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
The sophomore-to-be dropped 1 1/2 seconds off her record mark in the final, but Wanland's improved time of 2:24.29 fell short of the title. The championship was scored by 22-year-old Katlin Freeman of Santa Barbara Aquatics, who clocked in with a new record time of 2:22.51.
That clocking supplanted the U.S. Open mark of 2:25.80 that Wanland recorded during the prelims to earn the top seed for the final.
Wanland's runner-up finish came on the heels of her impressive third-place showing in the event at last month's USA Swimming National Championships. She also earned All-America honors three times during her freshman season at UW.
Wanland also is seeded third for the 100-meter breaststroke, which will be contested Friday.
Also in the 200 breast on Tuesday, rising senior Libby Brooks finished 33rd overall by clocking in at 2:37.21.
Danielle Beckwith clocked in at 8:52.90 to claim a 16th-place finish in the 800-meter freestyle, while teammate Kelly Winckler finished in 9:14.27 to take 35th.
On the men's side, senior Eric Johnson clocked in at 2:22.79 to finish 48th overall in the 200-meter breaststroke, three spots ahead of incoming freshman Sam Rowan, who finished in 2:22.99.
Another incoming freshman, Marcus Guttmann, came home 47th in the 200 butterfly with a time of 2:04.91.
The U.S. Open continues Wednesday with seven current Badgers set to compete. Junior-to-be Maggie Meyer leads the charge for that group as the No. 2 seed in the women's 200-meter backstroke and the No. 5 seed in the 100-meter freestyle.
Prelims get underway at 11 a.m., with finals set for 8 p.m.
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University of Wisconsin