AUSTIN, Texas – On the last day of the US Swimming Grand Prix at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, University of Arkansas swimmers Erica Totten and Lynette Ng strengthened their cases to make their respective world championship teams.
After breaking three Filipino records in the first two days of the three-day event, Totten blew through the water in the 800 free LC meters race for her fourth Philippine national record, placing seventh in a time of 8:59.19.
Totten also swam in the finals of the 200 fly LC meters, touching in 11th with a time of 2:18.00.
In her first event of the day, the prelims of the 200 back SC yards, Ng swam a personal best time of 2:06.80 and followed with another career-high time, placing 20th in the prelims of the 100 SC yards event with an impressive 51.30.
Swimming in the finals of the 100 free LC meters event on Saturday night, Ng shot through the water to touch in with a time of 58.98 for 16th place.
"Erica and Lyn had a fantastic last day of the Grand Prix," Arkansas head coach Jeff Poppell said. "Lyn swam personal best times in two events and Erica broke her fourth Philippine national record with her seventh place finish in the 800 free (LC meters). Her time in the 800 free improves her best time in the event by over 11 seconds. I am extremely proud of both girls."
Next week, the Razorback swimmers will have the week off while the divers head to Columbia, Mo. for the NCAA Zone Diving Championships, March 12-15 at the Mizzou Aquatics Center.
Saturday’s complete results200 Back – prelims (SC yards) 29. Ng – 2:06.80100 Free – prelims (SC yards) 20. Ng – 51.30200 Fly – prelims (SC yards) 17. Totten – 2:03.43100 Free – finals (LC meters) 16. Ng – 58.98200 Fly – finals (LC meters) 11. Totten ? 2:18.00800 Free (LC meters) 7. Totten – 8:59.19