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Geer Leads Wildcats on Final Night at NCAAs
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/22/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

TUCSON, Ariz. Senior Margo Geer closed out her Arizona career in style by successfully defending her 100 free title to lead the Wildcats on the final day at the NCAA Championships at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center.  

In the final individual event of her collegiate career, Geer turned in an incredible performance in a stacked field to win the 100 free title for the second straight season. Geer was the top seed in the event after shattering her own school record in the morning prelims with a sizzling 47.00. She clocked in an equally impressive time of 47.10 in the finals to hold off Lia Neal of Stanford and Olympian Missy Franklin.

The Wildcats finished eighth in the team standings with 156 points, moving up two spots after they were 10th heading into today’s competition. Georgia took home the team championship for the second straight year as it finished the event with 528 points. Stanford (402.5) was second followed by Cal (386) to round out the top-three.

Geer was not done with her individual 100 free as she led off the 400 free relay with a blistering time of 46.86, shattering her school record from the morning prelims. The Wildcats finished with a strong second-place showing in the event as Geer, Alana Pazevic, Bonnie Brandon and Grace Finnegan clocked in with a season-best time of 3:10.99. Geer’s time was just .2 off the NCAA and U.S. Open Record from Arianna Vanderpool-Wallace, and just .02 off the American Record from Natalie Coughlin in 2011.

The evening started with a strong sixth-place finish by freshman Tjasa Oder in the 1650 free with a time of 15:56.38 for her first All-America nod. The time is a personal-best and moves into second-place in school history for the event.

Emma Schoettmer picked up five points for the Wildcats with a fourth-place finish in the “B” final of the 200 breast with a time of 2:09.22.

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