TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a long break from competition, the Arizona swimming and diving teams return to the pool for a pair of Pac-12 dual meets at Stanford and California this weekend. The Wildcats will take on Stanford on Friday at 3 p.m. MST before facing off with Cal on Saturday at 1 p.m. MST. Saturday’s meet will air on the Pac-12 Networks via tape delay on the same day at 9:30 p.m. MST.
The last time the Wildcats were in team competition was a home sweep for the women’s team against Oregon State, Northern Arizona and New Mexico State back on Jan. 3. Arizona improved their record to 7-1 in dual meets this season after defeating Oregon State (195-91), Northern Arizona (188-107) and New Mexico State (202-92).
The big winner of the afternoon was sophomore Bonnie Brandon. Brandon earned a meet-best three individual first-place finishes. She won the 1000 free (9:59.67), 200 free (1:49.61) and 200 back (2:01.34). Emma Schoettmer also turned in a strong performance by taking three top finishes. She took first place in the 100 breast, 200 breast (2:14.86) and was part of the winning 200 medley relay team.
Brandon and Margo Geer have paced the Wildcats all season long up to this point. At the Texas Invite, Brandon broke her own school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:50.70. Brandon currently has top-10 times nationally in the 100 free, 200 free, 500 free and 200 back.
Geer owns the top 50 free (21.78) time in the country, while her 100 free time of 47.35 currently ranks second nationally. In addition, Schoettmer has the eighth fastest time in the country in the 200 breast as she continues to be impressive so far this season.
Meanwhile, the Arizona men have not competed since a strong showing at the Texas Invite back in early December. The Wildcats had an impressive meet in Austin as the men and women combined for 15 NCAA “A” cut times, while earning 17 first-place finishes.
Junior Kevin Cordes, the back-to-back Pac-12 Men’s Swimmer of the Month, is currently unbeaten in dual competition this season. In Texas, he set his own American record in the 100 breast with a time of 50.70, while also taking first-place in the 200 breast and in the 400 medley relay.
In international competition, Cordes helped seal the victory for Team USA in the Duel in the Pool against Europe, swimming a leg on the tie-breaking 200 mixed medley relay that broke the world record with a time of 1:37.17. He also was part of the winning 400 medley relay team. Individually, he earned first place in the 100 breast with a time of 56.88 which is third-best in the world in 2013, and came in at third overall in the 200 breast. Cordes now owns four American records, as he holds the top spot in the 100 and 200 breaststroke events.
Meanwhile, Mitchell Friedemann holds the top time nationally in the 100 back with a time of 45.52 and Giles Smith owns the nation’s top time in the 100 fly with a time of 44.73. Both times were recorded at the Texas Invite.
Last season, the Arizona men fell to both Cal (159-134) and Stanford (173-115) at home in dual competition, while the women defeated Cal (168.5-112.5) and fell to Stanford (161-139).
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