Shane Jenkins is the top seed in tonight's 200 fly finals.
Feb. 24, 2007
BUFFALO, N.Y. - Shane Jenkins will lead 16 Xavier swimmers into tonight's finals as the 2007 Atlantic 10 Championship concludes in Buffalo, N.Y. The Musketeers have put themselves in position for a big final night with five entries in the championships heats. Jenkins is the top seed in the 200 fly, Dave Janszen is seeded third in the 200 back and Krystel Kooyman is fifth in the 200 breast.
The men are currently fifth in the team standings with 251 points and trail fourth-place La Salle by 27 points. With 242 points, the women are eighth heading into the final night of competition, but are just 29.5 points back of fourth-place Fordham.
Jenkins' time of 1:51.20 for the 200 fly in this morning's prelims was the fastest in the pool by more than six-tenths of a second and shattered the previous XU school record by more two seconds. Teammates Neil Reierson (ninth), Brian Stromberg (12th) and Nico Lilly (13th) will compete in the consolation heat.
The women have three swimmers in championships final heats - Kooyman (fifth in the 200 breast), Martha Cutter-Wilson (eighth in the 200 breast) and Elaina Suba (eighth in the 100 free). Kooyman is XU's record-holder in the event with a time of 2:20.90 in 2004. She hit the touchpad this morning in 2:21.53. Cutter-Wilson will also swim in the championship heat after her time of 2:25.07 this morning. Suba's time of 53.39 in the 100 free was good for a spot in the championship finals.
Janszen put his name on top of yet another school record this weekend by swimming the 200 back in 1:50.48. That time broke his brother John's previous mark of 1:51.73, which stood since 2002. Janszen will have the third-seed in tonight's final.
The 200 breast will see three men's swimmers in the consolation heat - Matt Marcus (ninth), Joe Conklin (10th) and Sam Cutter-Wilson (13th). Patrick McGrath is in the 100 free consolation after his morning time of 46.97.
Three XU women are in the consolation of the 200 fly - Jill Winhusen (ninth), Alissa Schriner (10th) and Amber Thompson (16th). Mary Kuhnen made the consolation of the 200 back with her time of 2:09.81.
The finals of the 1,650 free (which features XU's Nico Lilly) and the 400 free relays will also be contested this evening.
Action begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight at the Flickinger Athletic Center in downtown Buffalo.