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March 17, 1999

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For Adrienne Turner, the drought is finally over.

Turner, a senior from Goshen, Ind., will be Kansas University's lone representative at the NCAA women's swimming and diving championships Thursday through Saturday in Athens, Ga.

Turner earned a trip to nationals during her freshman year, but failed to qualify each of the last two years.

"I'm really excited to have made it back," Turner said. "It's almost a relief. I want to do well, but I'm not putting pressure on myself. When I get out of the water, I'm going to be smiling, no matter what."

Turner qualified in both the 100 and 200 butterfly. She'll compete in the 100 on Friday and in the 200 on Saturday.

Turner captured third place in both races at the Big 12 championships. Her times at the league meet weren't good enough to qualify for the NCAA meet, but she exceeded those times at a last-chance meet the weekend after the conference championships.

Her best time is 2:00.36 and she'll be shooting for the school record of 1:59.78 set by Jenny Wagstaff in 1983.

"That's in the back of my mind," Turner said.

"But this is my last meet and I'm going to go out there and have fun."

Turner is a three-time first-team All-Big 12 academic selection. She was a second-team Academic All-American in 1997.

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