March 15, 2008
The Neptunes are being well represented in this month’s NCAA Swimming Championships by alumnae Allie Stuhr, Jennifer Sims and Amanda Sims.
Allie Stuhr, swimming for Principia College, placed 21st in the 200 Free, 19th in the 50 Free, and 17th in the 100 Free at the NCAA D3 Championships taking place in Oxford, Ohio this weekend.
Also this weekend, Jennifer Sims (see photo) finished 5th in the 100 Fly and a very close 2nd place in the 200 Fly at the NCAA D2 Championships at Columbia, Missouri. Jennifer, a junior at UC San Diego, swam a career best time of 2:01.84 in the latter, narrowly missing a USA Nationals qualifying time. Following is an excerpt from the UC San Diego account of the meet:
UCSD women produced three new school records Friday night, bringing the overall total (both teams) to nine for the meet but came up just short of capturing first place in four separate races.
The most breathtaking came in the 200 butterfly where junior Jen Sims, who was fifth in the 100 butterfly the day before, dropped her school record by an incredible 1.33 seconds with the fastest qualifying time in the morning prelims. In the finals, she shaved nearly another second off the mark, clocking 2:01.84, but was touched out (.18 seconds) by Allison Lesher of LeMoyne.
“It was extremely unexpected," said Sims of her blazing numbers. “I’ve worked really hard but didn’t realize I could go that fast. I’m kind of bummed I didn’t win, but I swam a really good race and that’s all I wanted."
Finally, Amanda Sims, swimming for the California Golden Bears, is ranked 9th in 100 Fly and 6th in the 200 Fly going in to next weekend’s NCAA Div1 Championships to be held at Ohio State University.