March 27, 2004
Coleman Miller, Hullabaloo contributing writer
The Green Wave's first women's swimming and diving team in 14 years sent freshman Linda McEachrane to compete in the NCAA Swimming Championships this past weekend in College Station, Texas, on the campus of Texas A&M.
McEachrane, a native of Trinidad, qualified for competition in both the 50- and 100-meter freestyle races. She swam the 50-meter in 26.09 seconds March 18, recording her best time in the season and beating her previous best by nearly 0.8 seconds. McEachrane participated in the 100-meter race Saturday, again beating her own personal best with a time of 56.82 seconds.
This performance was over two seconds faster than her previous record. Tulane head coach Daniella Irle was very proud of McEachrane's showing at the Tournament. "Linda swam her races in both events and I'm really proud of the way she represented Tulane. She was not intimidated. She didn't let the pressure get to her," Irle said. "For a freshman it was just a great experience."
Auburn University walked away with the NCAA Championship trophy, earning 596 points, 138 points better than second place Georgia. Two world records were also broken over the weekend. Stanford's Tara Kirk won the 100-meter breaststroke with a time of 1 minute, 4.79 seconds, becoming the first female swimmer to break the one minute, five second mark.
Georgia's team broke the world record in the 200-meter freestyle medley with a time of 1:37.27. The future is bright for Tulane's newest varsity team, which finished fifth in this year's C-USA Championships. Freshmen Nicole Taheri and Leslie Christian were both named to the All C-USA team, as well as McEachrane. The Green Wave swimming and diving team can also look forward to the addition of four prep All-Americans for the 2004-2005 season.
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