March 21, 2002
The surprise of the day came from Stanford's Norris, who topped two-time Collegiate champion Carolina Moraes in the solo prelim, 93.500 to 92.833. Norris, of Tallahassee, Fla., is a member of U.S. National Team I that finished fourth in team at the 2001 World Championships. Host Wheaton (Mass.) College is led by sophomore Beth Percy who scored an 86.667 for fifth place. Percy, from St. Louis, Mo., finished sixth a year ago. Percy and partner Jamie Sallier - also from St. Louis - were the only non-Division I entrant among the top 10 duets, scoring an 83.666 for seventh place.
Ohio State is off to a solid start at the 26th annual U.S. Collegiate Synchronized Swimming Championships, taking top honors in duet and trio preliminaries on Thursday. Ohio State's Carolina and Isabela Moraes earned a 95.666 to capture first in duet by a full 2.332 over Stanford's Lindsey Wigginton and Erin Dobratz. The Moraes twins finished 12th in the 2000 Olympic Games and 11th at the 2001 World Championships for Brazil. Moraes, Moraes and Mary Hofer of Spring Valley, Calif. teamed up in trio to earn a 95.167. Stanford's Erin Dobratz, Katie Norris and Lindsey Wigginton stand second at 94.333.
The top eight athletes from today's preliminary rounds will advance to Saturday's finals.
More than 200 athletes from 22 universities are competing for collegiate national titles in the solo, duet, trio and team events. The championships are an open-class meet, combining competition for NCAA Divisions I, II and III, plus NAIA schools.
The Ohio State University is attempting to win its third consecutive, and 22nd overall title in the 26th year of the championships. Top athletes advance to the U.S. National Championships and 2002 National Team Trials, April 18-20 at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio. Competition continues at Balfour Natatorium on Friday with figures in the morning, and team semifinals at 5:30 p.m. Finals in all events begin Saturday at 10:20 a.m.
1, Katie Norris (Stanford) 93.500.
2, Carolina Moraes (Ohio State) 92.833.
3, Bogdana Zareva (UAB) 91.667.
4, Jill Wright (Canisius) 87.500.
5, Beth Percy (Wheaton) 86.667.
6, Katie Rozofsky (Florida) 83.500.
7, Lindsay Kaufmann (Iowa) 83.334.
8, Inga Todd (Keuka) 83.166.
1, Carolina Moraes, Isabela Moraes (Ohio State) 95.666.
2, Erin Dobratz, Lindsey Wigginton (Stanford) 93.334.
3, Amanda Haeuser, Bogdana Zareva (UAB) 89.667.
4, Jennifer Holmquist, Stacy Leiker (UAB) 88.834.
5T, Stephanie Joukoff, Jennifer Kibler (Stanford) 88.667.
5T, Alexandra Pinango, Gabriella Pinango (Canisius) 88.667.
7, Beth Percy, Jamie Sallier (Wheaton) 83.666.
8, Jennifer Arenz, Sally Winchester (Washington) 83.500.
1, Mary Hofer, Carolina Moraes, Isabela Moraes (Ohio State) 95.167.
2, Erin Dobratz, Katie Norris, Lindsey Wigginton (Stanford) 94.333.
3, Stephanie Joukoff, Jennifer Kibler, Shella Sadovnik (Stanford) 92.166.
4, Victoria Bowen, Suzanna Hyatt, Beth Kreimer (Ohio State) 91.000.
5, Luna Aguilu, Jennifer Holmquist, Stacy Leiker (UAB) 89.834.
6, Alexandra Pinango, Gabriella Pinango, Jill Wright (Canisius) 88.667.
7, Ruth Ashburn, Laura Gellin, Kate Matusiak (Canisius) 86.000.
8, Lauren Gustafson, Laura Mase, Schyler Reese (Richmond) 84.000.