Rice swimmer earns All-American honors

March 20, 2008 8:30:26 PM PDT
Rice senior Brittany Massengale has become the Owls first swimming All American since 2003 after qualifying ninth in the 500-yard freestyle during Thursday's preliminaries at the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, held at Ohio State's McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion in Columbus, Ohio.Massengale shattered the school record by over four seconds, winning her heat in 4:42.13. She had sent the previous record of 4:46.58 in 2006. She finished 0.19 second out of qualifying for the championship final of the 500 freestyle, but will carry the top time into Thursday night's consolation final.

Any swimmer who finishes in the top 16 spots in any of these events at the NCAA Championships earns All-America honors. Rice's last All-America honoree in swimming was Mandy Mularz, who finished seventh in the nation in the 50-yard freestyle in 2003. Mularz won the NCAA silver medal in the same event the year before.

Massengale will compete in the 200-yard freestyle on Friday and then wrap up her schedule by swimming the 1,650-yard freestyle event on Saturday

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