Columbus, Ohio - San Jose State University senior sprint standout Brie Marhenke concluded competition on the final day of the 2008 NCAA Division I Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships by swimming 50.95 to place 71st during preliminaries of the 100 freestyle at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion on Saturday morning, March 22..
Marhenke, a team co-captain and native of Carmichael, Calif., had entered the event seeded 69th out of 90 entrants with a seed time of a school-record 50.23, achieved while winning a fourth individual Western Athletic Conference title last month at the 2008 WAC Championship in San Antonio, Texas. Marhenke sprinted out in 11.48 over the first 25 yards and 24.22 over the first 50, on pace for her goal of a 49-second 100, but went 13.42 and 13.31, respectively, over the next two pool lengths for a 26.73 final 50.
A total of 77 swimmers produced prelim times on Saturday, with the top eight making it to the championship final in the evening, and places nine through 16 qualifying for the consolation final. The top time in the morning was turned in by Kara Denby of Auburn University. The senior swam a pool-record 47.92. Twelve competitors in all, bettered the previous pool mark.