NCAA Division I Women’s Championships: Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace Sweeps Sprints With 100 Free Victory

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AUSTIN, Texas, March 19. AUBURN's Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace proved she's the best sprinter in the NCAA this year by sweeping the 50 and 100 freestyle events at the NCAA Division I Women's Championships.

Vanderpool-Wallace checked in with a 47.07 to win the 100 free this evening, the seventh fastest time of all time. Vanderpool-Wallace now holds four of the top 10 times in the event history with a pair of 46.81s, a 46.91 from prelims today and the 47.07 this evening.

"It feels awesome [to sweep the sprint frees]," Vanderpool-Wallace said. "I've been working hard on my sprint events, the 50 and 100, so to come up with the national championship in both is pretty great. I knew I was going to have to do whatever I could to get my hand on the wall first. It was eight great girls in that race, so it was tough."

Stanford's Kate Dwelley finished second in a distant 47.78, while Arizona's Margo Geer took third in 47.95. Texas' Karlee Bispo (48.02), Georgia's Morgan Scroggy (48.03), Georgia's Megan Romano (48.07), California's Hannah Wilson (48.12) and California's Liv Jensen (48.32) also vied for the national title.

LSU's Amanda Kendall topped the B final in 48.12, while California's Erica Dagg earned 10th overall in 48.17. Virginia's Lauren Perdue (48.24), Georgia's Allison Schmitt (48.49), Auburn's Caitlin Geary (48.51), USC's Kasey Carlson (48.59), Florida's Shara Stafford (48.60) and Maryland's Ann Fittin (48.63) also competed in the B final.

Georgia held the team lead with 351.5 points, while California stood second with 345 points after the 100 free. USC (285), Stanford (223) and Arizona (218) stayed in the top five heading into the 200 breast.

Top 10 Average Scoring Running Projections*:
California (423.375), Georgia (385.625), USC (337), Stanford (271.875), Arizona (266.875), Texas (266.625), Florida (225.625), Auburn (199.25), Minnesota (186.5), Texas A&M (184.125)

* Average Scoring Projections based on the average points allotted to an A finalist (14.75) and a B finalist (4.625). Double points for relays.

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