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Wilmington's Cari Blalock finishes swimming season at NCAA Championship

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AUSTIN,TX (WWAY) -- Wilmington resident Cari Blalock is a freshman at Louisiana State University. On Saturday the former New Hanover Wildcat swimmer concluded her freshman season at the NCAA Division One Swimming & Diving Championship in Austin, Texas.

We'll have a blurb on Cari on Sunday's Coach's Corner on WWAY at 6pm on Sunday.

The NCAA results are listed below for the 2010 NHHS grad:

400 IM
31st place 4:15:62 ( Cari broke the LSU school record in February at the SEC Championship with a 4:12:46 )

200 IM
30th place 1:59:42

200 yard butterfly
24th place 1:57:64

Here's the article LSU posted on their website ( thanks LSU.SPORTS.NET !! )

AUSTIN, Texas -- The LSU women's swimming and diving team capped off the 2010-11 season with its first top-15 NCAA finish in 18 years Saturday as the squad captured 14th in the team standings at the 2011 NCAA Championships in the University of Texas' Jamail Swimming Center.

Sophomore Amanda Kendall helped the Lady Tigers hold off a late push from Indiana on Day 3 and secure 14th when she won the consolation final of the 100-yard freestyle with a mark of 48.12 seconds. Her swim gave the team nine points and pushed its final total to 89 over the three-day span.

LSU's 14th-place finish marked only the fifth time in program history a Lady Tiger squad has finished in the top 15 and first since the 1993 team took 13th.

"Our two major goals entering this season was to place top-five at SEC's and top-15 at NCAA's, and we accomplished both," co-head coach David Geyer said. "Amanda had a phenomenal final swim to win the consolation final of the 100 free tonight and help us hold off Indiana for 14th.

"I'm so proud of these women, and I think this is definitely something that we can build off of as we move forward."

The 2010-11 season was a banner year for the women's program even beyond its finishes at NCAA's and SEC's as the squad captured 14 All-America honors at NCAA's, including four first-team accolades, and posted 14 medal finishes at the 2011 SEC Championships. Seven Lady Tigers were named to All-SEC teams, and nine athletes combined to break 13 school records.

Senior Jane Trepp put an exclamation point on her phenomenal collegiate career this weekend, securing her place as one of the top swimmers in program history and unquestionably the most decorated swimmer in more than a decade.

Trepp concludes her collegiate career as a four-time NCAA first-team All-American, six-time honorable mention All-American, Southeastern Conference champion and record-holder, FINA World Championships finalist and owner of seven program records.

The Tallinn, Estonia, native is the only swimmer in program annals to earn first-team All-America honors in all three of her individual races in one season and one of only five Lady Tigers to claim double-digit All-America accolades in a career.

Kendall also shined for the Lady Tigers throughout the meet. Feeding off the momentum she built at a breakout SEC Championships last month, the Fairfax, Va., native qualified for evening swims in all three of her individual races this weekend and earned first-team All-America recognition in the 100 butterfly.

In the prelims Saturday, the 400 medley relay group of Trepp, Kendall, Kannon Betzen and Samantha Goates registered 18th with a mark of 3:19.41.

Sophomore Sara Haley earned her first career top-20 finish as the El Dorado Hills, Calif., native took 19th in the 200 butterfly with a mark of 1:57.50. Freshman Cari Blalock recorded 24th in that race with a 1:57.64 clocking.

Freshman Torrey Bussey improved on her school record in the 200 breaststroke, racing to a time of 2:11.72 to tie for 23rd. Goates also set a new personal best and moved up to seventh in program history with her 50.00 clocking in the 100 free to place 52nd.

Sophomore Jana Ruimerman came in 38th in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.67.

California was crowned the 2011 NCAA champions and won its second team title in three years after tallying 424 points over a three-day span.

LSU will now turn its attention to the 2011 Men's Championships, which begin Thursday in Minneapolis. Senior Hannes Heyl and sophomore Craig Hamilton will represent the Tigers at the meet.

2011 NCAA Women's Swimming & Diving Championships
March 17-19, 2011
Austin, Texas

Final Team Standings
1. California - 424
2. Georgia - 394.5
3. USC - 351
4. Stanford - 272
5. Arizona - 266
6. Texas - 232
7. Florida - 226
8. Auburn - 202
9. Minnesota - 192
10. Texas A&M - 182
11. Wisconsin - 160
12. Tennessee - 148
13. Virginia - 105
14. LSU - 89
15. Indiana - 86.5
16. Miami (FL) - 67
17. Ohio State - 64
18. Arizona State - 59
19. Duke - 54
20. UCLA - 45
21. Towson - 43
22. Maryland - 42
23. Missouri - 40
23. North Carolina - 40
25. Purdue - 36
26. George Mason - 33
27. Western Kentucky - 20
28. Kentucky - 18
29. South Carolina - 15
30. Iowa - 13
30. Michigan - 13
32. Hawaii - 12
32. Arkansas - 12
34. Denver - 11
35. Penn State - 10
36. Houston - 9
36. SMU - 9
38. Wyoming - 7
39. Boise State - 5
40. Louisville - 4
41. Toledo - 2
41. Alabama - 2

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