DALLAS (SMU) - The SMU women’s swimming & diving team finished in seventh place at the 2005 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships, totaling 170 points in the three day event. Junior Flavia Rigamonti defended her NCAA title in the 1650 free, winning the event for the third time in three tries, while setting a pool record in the process. Rigamonti touched the wall in 15:46.84 nearly six seconds ahead of the second place finisher.
SMU had five other individuals participate in championship and consolation finals on Saturday. Senior Corrie Clark finished in 11th place overall and third in the consolation final of the 200 breast, while the team of Leane Darling, Candace Blackman, Laura Pomeroy and Celina Lemmen finished fourth in the 400 free relay.
The Georgia Bulldogs won four individual titles and all five relays to en route to the team crown. The title is the fourth for the Bulldogs and the first since winning the closest championship in history in 2001.
Auburn finished in second with 492 points, followed by Arizona (440), Florida (355), Stanford (313) and Texas (218). Finishing behind the Mustangs in eighth was California (149), while Indiana (112) and Southern Cal. (108) round out the top ten.
Flavia Rigamonti, SMU – 1650 freestyle
“It feels good to win. When you have had a really hard year like I have, you appreciate the victory so much more. This is a tough race, and it hurt to win. Maybe I can convince my coach to put me in the 50 next year.”