Freshman Davis Sets Third School Record In Final Day at Houston Cougar Classic
Sophomore Samantha Laughlin.

Nov. 20, 2011

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HOUSTON, Texas - Freshman Kim Davis highlighted final day action for Air Force women's swimming at the Phill Hansel Cougar Classic by breaking the school record in the 200 yard breaststroke, Saturday at the Campus Recreation and Wellness Center. The Falcons finished in ninth place with 198 points.

Davis broke the school record with a prelims time of 2:18.78 to finish eighth. She surpassed the previous school record of 2:19.50 set by Blair Leake in 2005. It was Davis' third school record set over the weekend.  The freshman set the school record in the 200 IM on Thursday and the 400 IM on Friday.

Sophomore Samantha Laughlin also swam well for the Falcons, just missing the school record in the 200 back. Laughlin placed sixth in the 200 back with a finals time of 2:01.80, which is the second fastest in school history and just 0.14 seconds shy of the record.

Clara Heffernan was Air Force's top swimmer in the 1650 free, placing 19th with a time of 17:45.94. Michelle Kuyper was right behind Heffernan, placing 21st. Julie Grabarek followed in 26th.

In the 200 back, Erin Bleyl followed Laughlin with a 15th place finish. Heather Ireland took 22nd, Liz Harrison 33rd and Sara Brooks 42nd.

The Falcons had 12 swimmers in the 100 free. Hannah Cesare led the way with a 14th place finish with a prelim time of 51.68, which is the sixth-fastest time in school history. Cassie Fletcher placed 17th in the prelims with a time of 52.16, which is seventh-fastest in school history. Heather Ireland placed 19th in the prelims with a time of 52.38, which was just outside the top 10.

Laughlin followed in the 100 free in 32nd, Kuyper 44th, Alison Ceranski 51st, Lauren Delaney 56th, Lauren McGuire and Heffernan 61st, Brooks 70th, Alexandra Trobe 72nd and Grabarek 84th.

Following Davis in the 200 breast, was Noel Niccum in 38th, Rosie Mayou 39th and Laura Haggerty 48th.

The Falcons had a pair of Top-10 finishers in the 200 fly. Katharine Ernst placed seventh with a finals time of 2:05.53. Gabby Aranda followed in ninth. Haley Holcombe finished in 12th, Elizabeth Keenan 29th and Elvira Chiccarelli 31st.

Air Force closed out the meet with a ninth place finish in the 400 free relay. The group of Cesare, Ireland, Laughlin and Fletcher swam a season-best time of 3:28.96.



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