15 February 2007

Freshman Owns New Meet Record in 500 Free!

In a massive story, Princeton freshman Alicia Aemisegger has done seemingly the impossible: dethroning Christina Teuscher — a 1996 Olympic Gold Medalist — atop the Meet record books in the 500 Individual Freestyle.

"I absolutely know who she [Teuscher] is. I actually met her once through my coach from home. It is a great honor to have broken one of her records", Aemisegger said.

Aemisegger's preliminary swim set the stage for a memorable swim in the finals. Riding the enthusiasm of the home crowd, Aemisegger jumped out to an early lead that she never relinquished. Her time of 4:43.50 shaved off nearly five full seconds from her preliminary time.

More importantly, she now owns a meet record that has been in existence since 1998.

She is joined in the picture by Greg Wriede, former NCAA All-American at Harvard and the current coach of the Peddie School in Hightstown, N.J., who presented her with her championship medal.

Congratulations Alicia!