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Former RI State Champ Laura Sogar Wins Title in National Swim Meet

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Ken Bell

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Prout graducate Laura Sogar won the 100-breastroke to capture a title at the USA Winter National Championships.  The Texas senior set RI state records in the 200-IM and the 100-breastroke.

Here is the news release from the University of Texas...

AUSTIN, Texas - Texas senior Laura Sogar smashed her school record in the 100-yard breaststroke to highlight day two for the Longhorns Friday at the USA Swimming AT&T Winter National Championships.

The Exeter, R.I., native claimed the event in 58.32 seconds, which shattered her previous UT standard of 58.83 set at the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Austin. Sogar's mark of 58.32 also broke Jessica Hardy's meet record of 58.41 from the 2010 AT&T Winter Nationals.

Sogar split 27.60 and was nearly even with Arizona's Ellyn Baumgardner through the first 50 yards. Sogar covered the final 50 yards in 30.72 seconds on her way to her personal best.

Sogar lowered her school record for the second time after originally breaking Elizabeth Tinnon's previous school record of 59.96. Sogar initially claimed the UT record with a mark of 59.07 at the 2010 Texas Invitational and lowered the mark to 58.83 at the 2011 Big 12 Championships in Austin.

"This didn't surprise me, because Laura has been swimming really well lately," UT head coach Carol Capitani said. "She's confident and she has big goals."

Only the reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100 backstroke could top Sarah Denninghoff Friday evening, as the Arizona transfer took second in the event for Texas in 52.57. Texas-Ex Kathleen Hersey, the school-record holder in the event, placed fourth in 52.84. Ellen Lobb placed second in the 100 backstroke "C" final in 54.31.

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