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March 2, 2013


INDIANAPOLIS, Ind.- Junior Veronica Lee will compete in the finals tonight as the second seed after breaking teammate, Cam Dixon's 200 breast record this morning at Indiana University Natatorium on the last day of the Big East Championships.

Lee swam a 2:12.93 beating Dixon's previous record of 2:14.78.  Dixon will also be joining her in the finals.  She finished out the top eight with a time of 2:15.09.

The men will have three competitors in the finals of the 100 free tonight. They include David Sweeney, Alexander Rodenkirk and Kourosh Ahani.  Sweeney finished fifth (44.54), Rodenkirk seventh (44.83) and Ahani  (45.05). All three men set new career times.

Also for the men, Jonathan Lierley and Mack Rice will head to the finals as the number two seed and four seed respectively.  Lierley swam a 1:47.68 while Rice finished in 1:48.16.  Martin Vogel just missed the top eight, finishing in ninth place with a time of 1:51.05.  He will swim in the consolation finals.

In the men's 200 breast, Luke Nosbish placed seventh to make his way to the finals later tonight.  He swam a 2:00.20.  Connor O'Prey and Rob Power also competed in the 200 breast finishing 11th and 12th respectively, missing the finals. O'Prey completed the 200 breast in 2:02.89 and Power in 2:03.24.  These were career best times for both men.  Both will compete in the consolation finals.

Joanna Budzis will return to the finals in the 200 back tonight.  Swimming a 1:59.26, Budzis placed seventh.  Just missing the finals was Renee Deschenes who finished ninth in the event with a time of 1:59.66.  Joining her in the consolation finals will be Tatyanna Sarjeant who swam a 2:02.61.

Competing in the platform finals for the diving team tonight will be Harris Bergman and Erik Moore.  Bergman finished third with 237.35 points while Moore rounded out the top eight with 183.55 points.  Competing in the consolation final will be Tyler Matheny who finished 11th with 157.95 points. 

For the women, divers Samantha Winkelmann and Alex Sheaffer will also compete in the platform consolation final.  Sheaffer and Winkelmann placed 12th and 13th respectively. 

Also swimming in a consolation event will be Yolandi Van Der Merwe in the 200 breast.  She set a career best time of 2:18.68, placing 14th in the event.  Joining her in a consolation final will be Dani des Tombe in the 100 free.  She posted a time of 50.90 placing tenth in the event.  Tamara Lelli will also swim in a consolation final.  Lelli finished out the top 16 in the 200 fly with a time of 2:06.07.

Three men will also compete in the 100 free consolation finals.  Hussein Medhat-Mohamed finished ninth with a time of 45.06, Sean Heiden set a career top time of 45.44, placing 13th and Avery Warrington placed 14th with a time of 45.47.

In the men's 200 back, Joey Notarianni and Adam Maczewski will compete in the consolation finals.  Notarianni placed tenth with a 1:48.92 while Maczewski finished 14th after swimming a 1:49.97. 

The Big East Swimming and Diving Championships will conclude tonight with the finals beginning at 6 p.m.. The Big East will also hold a senior recognition ceremony before the finals begin. 

Fans can follow live results and watch the Swimming and Diving Big East Championships through on the Championship Central Page.

Veronica Lee Breaks the 200 Breast School Record

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