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Friday September 4th, 2015 6:24AM

Lady Dogs defend NCAA swimming title

By The Associated Press
MINNEAPOLIS -- Georgia scored 528 points and defended its NCAA title at the women's swimming and diving championships on Saturday.

The Bulldogs won their sixth title since 1999. Stanford recorded its best finish since 2010, claiming second with 402.5 points. California, which has three titles since 2009, settled for third with 386 points.

Georgia had as many swimmers (10) qualify for the finals and consolation finals in the individual swim events than Stanford and Cal combined on the final night.

Brittany MacLean, who finished fourth as part of Canada's 800-meter freestyle relay in the London Olympics, broke the NCAA record in the 1,650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:27.84. The previous record was 15:37.06, set by UNC's Stephanie Peacock in 2012.

Indiana sophomore Brooklynn Snodgrass became the second Hoosier ever to win the 200-yard backstroke (1:50.22) when she edged Cal's defending champion and record holder Elizabeth Pelton (1:50.55) by 0.03 of a second.

Olympic gold medalist Rachel Bootsma failed to qualify for the 200-yard butterfly in the prelims for Cal.

Southern California diver Haley Ishimatsu, who represented the U.S. in the 2008 Olympics, defended her NCAA title in the platform dive with a score of 365.15.
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