Div. I Women's Swimming and Diving Championships: Day One QuotesMarch 8, 2007

Lindsey Kelly, member of 200 Yard Medley Relay Champions, Arizona

On mindset during the race:
We all went in with the same mindset. We were ready and put in all the work, so we planned to go in with our heads up and see where it comes out. We came out on top and could not have asked for better race, a better win or a better group of girls to share it with. Phenomenal feeling.

On breaking the NCAA and American record:
Anything is possible and we were ready and just wanted to go out and throw out the best swimming we could. To look up at the end of the race and see thats what had happened, that we set a new American record, thats a feeling youre going to remember forever. Just a great experience.

On kicking off the event and getting points:
It is a great feeling for the team and it sets the tone for the rest of the meet, not just the night, especially with relay. It gets everyone excited. Relay is a team thing and this championship win was a team effort, not just one person, but every body.

Adrienne Binder, 500 Yard Freestyle Champion, Auburn

On her swim:
Extremely happy. I feel like that swim was a long time coming and I am just really excited that I could actually get that swim my senior year.

On Auburns first NCAA 500 Free win and top ten finishing time:
Its an honor and really exciting. I feel like I couldnt go out any better way. I was really excited that I was able to do that for my team.

On getting early points for the team:
Right now we are focusing on getting good swims. With those good swims come the points, so we are trying to not pay too much attention to the points right now and just swim our best.

Whitney Myers, 200 Yard Individual Medley Champion, Arizona

On leading off in the first day:
Its huge, we were in this position last year, but I think we have talked a lot about it and we are a little more prepared. Last year, we were just so in awe that we just dropped the ball the next prelims session and so hopefully that wont happen again and we can keep on moving.

On defending her title:
I think I put a lot of pressure on myself. I have always been the underdog pushing my way up to the top and when you are there it is a different place. It definitely was a big relief and I would have liked to go a little bit faster, but Jack Bauerle of Georgia told me a win is a win and he is definitely right.

Kara Lynn Joyce, 50 Yard Freestyle Champion, Georgia

On her fourth consecutive 50 freestyle win:
I was pretty happy with it. It is always nice to pull out a win and score as many points as possible for my team. It is a more competitive event now than it has been in the last three years and I think that is great.

On closing in on Stanfords Jenny Thompsons record for most career NCAA wins:
I guess I am really happy to be able to do that. I dont really go into a meet like this going for specific records; I just try to help my team out as much as I can. To accomplish something like that is really great, but I am not going to be crushed if I do not get it. Jenny is such an accomplished swimmer and I have so much respect for her.

Cassidy Krug, 1-Meter Diving Champion, Stanford

On setting the bar for the Cardinal:
It feels great. My coach, Rick Schavone, I think is the best coach in the country and it is the best I have ever competed at Stanford, so it was so exciting to do.

On the close score between Krug and Indianas Christina Loukas:
I could hardly breath. It was so exciting, Christina is such a good diver and every dive was such a good contest.

Jessica Hardy, member of 400 Yard Medley Relay Championship, California

On the American record relay:
I was pretty impressed with how we did and how we performed. I am very proud of our relay and very inspired.

On the tight race with Arizona:
A great race is always more fun. I think having people next to us helped us push and break that record more than a second. It was fun to race and I am glad they were there to race us.

Frank Busch, Arizona Head Coach

On leading in the first day of competition:
Feeling good. Feeling like our team is really swimming the way we prepared to swim. I am really excited for the kids, they are doing a great job.

On the American record in the 200 freestyle relay:
That was really special for the girls. Its a young group; we have 19 girls here and 16 of those are freshman and sophomores, so there is not a lot of experience on the team. It was just a great relay for those girls.

Prospects for the next days:
I think in the next couple of days we have a lot of swims. Tomorrow is a critical day because it is such a tight battle right now. We will just have to have a great morning tomorrow.



-- Courtesy Minnesota