Ashley Vrieze Competes At USA Swimming Nationals

Indianapolis, Ind. - Ashley Vrieze concluded competition at the 2007 ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships at the IU Natatorium on the campus of IUPUI, on Saturday, August 4. The event, held in long course meters, began on Tuesday, July 31.

Vrieze, swimming for the De Anza Cupertino Aquatics (DACA) club team, competed in the 100 backstroke and the 400 medley relay. She had qualified individually in the 100 backstroke for both the spring and summer championships of USA Swimming, with her performance at the 2007 Western Athletic Conference Championship, in San Antonio, Texas, on February 16, racing 55.78 in short course yards. The mark was also the lone NCAA B’ cut by a Spartan during the 2006-07 season.

On the morning of day four of the ConocoPhillips Championships on Friday, August 3, the native of Arcata, Calif., swam 1:05.19 in preliminaries of the 100 backstroke event. The mark put her in a tie for 62nd, out of 101 competitors. She went 31.80 over the first 50 meters, and 33.39 over the last 50. Jenny Connolly of Boilermaker Aquatics had the top prelim time of 1:01.80, with the top 24 qualifying for evening finals.

The time was .38 seconds off Vrieze’s lifetime best of 1:04.81, which she achieved with her leadoff backstroke leg of the 400 medley relay with DACA at a sectional meet in Clovis, Calif., two weeks ago. The mark also left her just short by .60 seconds of the qualifying standard of 1:04.59 for the 2008 Olympic Trials in Omaha, Neb., next summer.

On the meet’s final night on Saturday, August 4, Vrieze swam a leadoff backstroke leg of 1:05.48 for DACA in the 400 medley relay. DACA timed 4:20.69 to place 31st out of 63 teams.

In addition to the two events she competed in, Vrieze took advantage of one of a maximum two time trial opportunities for the meet, in the 100 backstroke on Wednesday, August 1. She timed 1:05.44, with an opening 50 meters of 31.72 ,and a closing 50 of 33.72.

Having exhausted her collegiate eligibility at the end of the 2006-07 season, Vrieze is now in her first year as an assistant coach for the Spartans under head coach Sage Hopkins.