Texas Women Are Swamping the NCAA Swim Meet

Associated Press

Debbie Risen won the 100-yard backstroke and helped her team to two relay victories Friday night as Texas increased its lead to more than 200 points in the NCAA Division I Women's Swimming and Diving Championship.

Texas, the defending champion, won four of six events to finish the second round of the meet with 494 points. Florida was second with 284 points, followed by Stanford with 245, California with 198 and South Illinois with 179.

Risen set a pool record at the University of Alabama Aquatic Center by swimming the 100 backstroke in :55.44. That broke a 1983 pool record set by Florida's Theresa Andrews.

The Texas team of Risen, Ann Drolsom, Jodi Eyles and Kirsten Wengler won the 200-yard freestyle relay in 1:32.06 seconds, to break the pool record of 1:33.70 set by Alabama in 1983.

Risen also led a team Tracey McFarlane, Eyles and Wengler to a victory in the 400 medley relay with a pool record of 3:42.98. The record of 3:45.75 was set by Florida in 1983. McFarlane also won the 100-yard breaststroke in 1:02.50.

Florida's triple Olympic gold medalist, Mary Wayte, set a pool record in the 400-yard individual medley, winning the race in 4:13.27 to break the record of 4:13.98 set by Florida's Tracy Caulkins in 1983.

Sue Habernigg of USC won the 200-yard freestyle, setting a pool record of 1:45.73. The previous pool record, set by Florida's Kathy Treible in 1983, was 1:48.08.

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