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Cats Split Season Opening Meet at Utah
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: October 19, 2013
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TUCSON, Ariz. The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team opened up the season with an impressive 204-96 win over Utah on Saturday inside the Ute Natatorium. Meanwhile, the men’s team dropped a narrow decision to Utah, 152-148.

On the women’s side, the Wildcats got off to a quick start by earning a victory in the 400 medley relay. The team of Bonnie Brandon, Emma Schoettmer, Ashley Evans and Taylor Schick won the event in 3:46.65.

Later, the Wildcats picked up significant points in the 200 free as they had the top-four places. Margo Geer took the victory in 1:51.42 followed by Grace Finnegan (1:53.47), Leticia Lelli (1:53.74) and Taylor Schick (1:54.56). Geer also won individual titles in the 50 free (23.22) and 100 free (50.22).

Then, Brandon and Alana Pazevic went 1-2 in the 100 back. Brandon finished in 56.00 while Pazevic touched in 56.78. Brandon also won the 200 back (2:01.79) and the 500 free (4:57.38).

Schoettmer kept the momentum rolling for the Wildcats as she won the 100 breast in 1:04.24. Later on, she also won the 200 breast in 2:16.80.

Evans took the top spot in the 200 fly (2:01.97) followed by teammate and newcomer Elizabeth Pepper (2:02.59). Pepper won her first event as a member of the Wildcats as she claimed the 100 fly in 55.97.

Meanwhile, defending NCAA champion Samantha Pickens earned the title in the 1m diving competition with 295.73 points. She also finished second in the 3m.

To close out the day, Arizona took home first place in the 400 free relay as the team of Geer, Finnegan, Lelli and Schick touched in 3:24.73 to win by more than five seconds.

The Arizona men also got off to a good start to the day as the team of Michael Sheppard, Kevin Cordes, Giles Smith and Brian Stevens won the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:19.33.

Freshman Tyler Fowler tacked on nine more points for the Wildcats early on as he won the 1000 free with a time of 9:47.07 for his first collegiate victory.

Sheppard claimed a victory in the 100 back with a time of 50.17 to go along with his victory as member of the 400 medley relay team.

Defending national champion Kevin Cordes had no trouble in the 100 breast as he touched in 55.86 to take top honors by more than three seconds. Cordes later ran away from the field in the 200 breast with a time of 2:01.30.

Sophomore Michael Meyer picked up a victory in the 200 fly with a time of 1:52.46.

Senior Giles Smith earned his first individual victory of the season as he swam the 100 fly in 49.85. Smith’s victory was the last of the day for the Cats.

The Wildcats host their first home meet on Friday, Oct. 25 as they welcome UCLA to Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The dual meet will get underway at 2 p.m.

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