|Tanner Posts Personal Best In 100 Free|
INDIANAPOLIS, Indiana – Carly Tanner put her goggles on for the last time as a collegiate swimmer on Saturday when the UNCW senior swam a personal best in the 100 Freestyle at the 2013 NCAA Division I Swimming and Diving Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium in downtown Indianapolis.
The Manassas, Va., swimmer won her heat and finished in 50th place after touching in 49.76 during the preliminaries, but failed to make the top 16 and advance to tonight’s finals.
Sprinter Margo Geer of Arizona came in first in the 100 Free prelims with a time of 47.17, followed by Georgia’s Megan Romano (47.68) and Florida’s Natalie Hinds (48.04). The top 16 swimmers advanced to tonight’s finals.
Tanner competed in her third event in three days, finishing 46th in the 50 Freestyle (22.89) on Thursday and tying for 21st in the 100 Breaststroke (1:00.45) yesterday.
“Carly had a very good swim and we were very pleased,” said veteran coach Dave Allen before leaving Indy. “She held together very well over the three days and to have her end her career like this is very gratifying. She closed out her career with a personal best and that caps a very successful career here at UNCW.”
Tanner is only the second swimmer in the history of the women’s program to compete in the NCAA meet. Caitlin Kirsteier finished 39th in the 50 Freestyle (22.67), 32nd in the 100 Butterfly (53.81) and 45th in the 100 Freestyle (49.98) at the 2010 meet at the Purdue Aquatic Center in West Lafayette, Ind.
A total of 322 participants (281 swimmers and 41 divers) competed in the Hoosier State. Student-athletes qualified for the swimming portion of the championships by meeting the established minimum time for the events in which they entered.
Live results are available through NCAA.com and CollegeSwimming.com and live video coverage of the finals will be available tonight on ESPN3.com, beginning at 7 p.m. ESPNU will air a tape-delayed 90-minute show on Wednesday, March 27, at 8 p.m.