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Granite Bay’s swimming sisters collect several awards at NCAA Championships

By: Roseville Press Tribune Staff Reports
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Sisters Alyssa and Haley Anderson swim for different universities, but they gathered a collective haul as Granite Bay High School graduates at the NCAA Championships last week in Auburn, Ala., setting school records, earning multiple All-America honors and winning a title.

Haley Anderson, a junior at USC, won the 500 freestyle for her first NCAA championship. She came back in the final 50 yards and broke her school record in a winning time of 4 minutes, 34.48 seconds, according to www.usctrojans.com.

Haley Anderson also placed third in the 1,650 freestyle (15:43.44) and fourth in the 800 free relay in a school-record 6:59.12. She earned All-America honors in each event.

Senior Alyssa Anderson and Arizona did USC one better in the 800 free relay, finishing third in 6:58.36, also a school record. That was one of two school records broken by Alyssa Anderson, who was timed in 1:42.91 in the 200 freestyle preliminaries on her way to a fourth-place finish in the finals. The old record was 1:43.33, held by Lacey Nymeyer since 2007, according to www.arizonawildcats.com.

Alyssa Anderson, a team captain, swam on the fourth-place 400 free relay team (3:11.57) and was seventh in the 200 butterfly (1:55.5) in her last individual race for the school.

She finished her Arizona career as a 13-time All-American, including the 200 and 500 freestyles, 800 and 400 free relays and the 200 fly last week.

“I could not be more proud of these two young women,” Granite Bay swim coach John Sherman said. “These sisters are among the finest swimmers to come from our area, and we wish them continued success in their quest for possible Olympic dreams.”

Cal won the team championship. Georgia placed second, USC third, Stanford fourth and Arizona fifth.