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March 19, 2004

College Station, Texas – University of Virginia second-year All-American Brielle White (Philadelphia, Pa./Springside School) finished seventh in the preliminaries of the 100-meter backstroke Friday (March 19) at the 2004 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, which are being held at Texas A&M’s Student Rec Center Natatorium. With her performance, White advanced to tonight’s championship finals.

White earned honorable mention All-America honors in the 100 backstroke at the 2003 NCAA Championships with a 12th-place finish. Her time of 1:00.08 was the seventh fastest of the morning session and is only one hundredth of a second off of her nearest competitor. This swim earned White a spot in tonight’s 100-meter back finals.

In the 200-meter medley relay, the team of White, first-year Jenny Steiner (Lawrenceville, N.J./Lawrence), fourth-year Cynthia Roller (Herndon, Va./Herndon), and first-year Kimi Kelly (Mount Vernon, N.Y./Ursuline School) joined forces to clock a time of 1:55.65 and finish 21st. Steiner also competed in the 100-meter breaststroke, finishing 36th in a time of 1:12.89. Roller finished 22nd in the 100-meter butterfly. Roller’s time of 1:00.94 helped move up four spots from her initial seed of 26.

Three more Cavaliers also competed in this morning’s preliminaries. Fourth-year All-American Amy Baly (Atlanta, Ga./Marist School) swam in the 400-meter individual medley where she finished 37th with a time of 4:49.30. First-year Rory Schmidt (Phoenix, Ariz./Arcadia) finished 43rd in the 200-meter freestyle (2:02.05), an event in which she was seeded 66th. Second-year All-American Rachael Burke (Bethesda, Md./Good Counsel) also swam in the 200-meter freestyle, finishing in a time of 2:02.44 to finish 51st. Burke was also originally seeded 66th in the event.

The second of three final sessions for the 2004 NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships begins tonight at 7:00 p.m. Central Time. Saturday’s preliminary events begin at 11:00 a.m. Central Time.

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