Meet: The Arizona mens and womens swimming teams will head to Austin, Texas, this week to partake in the Texas Invitational. The event will take place at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center on Friday Dec. 1 through Sunday Dec. 3. Due the caliber of athletes that are present, the meet is widely considered a preview to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in late March 2001. The invitational is the last meet of the fall for both Wildcat teams.
Meet Format: On Friday and Saturday, preliminaries will be held at 10:00 a.m., with finals set for 6:00 p.m. on Sunday, preliminaries will be at 9:30 a.m. followed by the finals at 3:00 p.m. Each session will last approximately two hours. Mens and womens preliminaries will take place at the same time during the morning sessions, using separate pools. The finals will take place in the same pool in the evenings.
* Invited mens teams include No. 1 Texas, No. 4 Arizona, No. 5 California, No. 9 Michigan, No. 11 Arizona State, No. 15 Southern Methodist, No. 20 Wisconsin, No. 23 Harvard, No. 25 Nebraska, Kansas and Texas Christian
* Invited womens teams include No. 1 UCLA, No. 3 Arizona, No. 4 Stanford, No. 5 California, No. 10 Texas, No. 11 Michigan, No. 12 Wisconsin, No. 14 Southern Methodist, No. 16 Arizona State, No. 22 Nebraska, Rice and Texas Christian.
The Cats Last Outing: The mens team defeated Southern California on Nov. 11, 166 to 134. Arizonas relay team took first place with a time of 1:32.29. The team was made up of junior Kris Souther, senior Ben Anderson, junior Roland Schoeman and freshman Eric la Fleur. Souther and Schoeman both won individual events as well. Souther captured the 200 back with a time of 1:48.23, and Schoeman placed first in the 50 free with a time of 20.08, an NCAA consideration time. Schoeman also won the 100 fly with another NCAA consideration time of 48.26. Three other Arizona swimmers made NCAA consideration times: seniors Jay Schryver and Tyler Painter in the 200 free (1:38.41) and the 500 free (4:23.15) and sophomore Jeff Dash in the 200 fly (1:48.06). The Arizona 200 free relay team, made up of la Fleur, Schoeman, freshman Tyler Johnson and Schryver, placed first with a time of 1:21.57.
On the womens side Arizona defeated Southern California 129 to 113. The following day, the Wildcats fell to UCLA by the score of 159-140. Against USC, the womens 400 medley relay team and the 400 free relay team both placed first. The 400 medley relay team was made up of sophomore Beth Botsford, freshman Jessica Wagner, and juniors Erin Vogt and Jenny Vanker. The 400 free relay squad was compiled of freshman Kristen Brennan, senior Lindsey Farella and juniors Amy Bouta and Sarah Tolar. The 400 medley relay was won in a time of 3:42.70, while the 400 free relay was captured in a time of 3:26.12.
Individually, for the Wildcat women, Tolar took first place in the 200 free (1:49.45) and the 500 free (4:50.12). In addition to Tolar, Vanker, Vogt and Botsford also captured individual races. Vanker placed first in the 50 free with a time of 23.93, Vogt won the 200 fly in a time of 2:01.02, and Botsford won the 200 back in a time of 1:58.48.
Facing the UCLA Bruins, the Wildcats 200 medley relay team captured first place with a time of 1:43.00. The team was made up of sophomore Annie Joseph, juniors Jessamyn Miller and Maria Papadopoulou and freshman Kim Robertson. Individually, junior Sarah Tolar placed first in three events. She captured the 200 free with the time of 1:48.49, an NCAA consideration time. Tolar also won the 500 (4:58.97) and the 1000 free (10:03.18). Sophomore Beth Botsford took first place in both the 100 and 200 back. Botsford swam well under the NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 back, as she won in a time of 1:57.84. Botsford won the 100 back with the time of 54.94.
The Facts: In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll, the Arizona womens swimming and diving team fell from No.1 to No. 3, while the men remain in the No. 4 position, receiving one first place vote. The women trail No. 1 UCLA and No. 2 Georgia, while the men trail No. 1 Texas, Auburn and Stanford in the poll.
The women finished the 1999-2000 season in second place at the NCAA Championships behind the Georgia Bulldogs. The womens team won the Pac-10 title in the 1999-2000 season, becoming the first team ever to take home the title besides the Stanford Cardinal. The final dual meet record for the women was 9-2 and 4-1 in the Pac-10. The women return 21 letterwinners after losing only seven.
The men's team both returns and loses 13 letterwinners from the 1999-2000 team. The mens dual meet record last year was 5-3 and 2-2 in the Pac-10. The men finished the season third at the NCAA Championships, the highest finish ever for an Arizona mens swimming and diving team.
Cats in the Polls: The men enter the meet ranked No. 4 in the nation in the preseason edition of the Speedo College Swimming Coaches Association top-25 poll. The men were ranked in the top-five for the entire 1999-2000 season. The women enter this season ranked No. 1 in the country and held the No. 2 spot for the entire 1999-2000 season.
Other Pac-10 mens teams in the rankings include Stanford at No. 3, California at No. 5, Southern California at No. 6 and Arizona State in the No. 13 spot.
For the women, California is No. 2, Stanford is No. 3, Southern California is No. 5, UCLA is No. 11, and the Arizona State women are No. 19.
The Wildcats Next Outing: The Arizona womens swimming and diving team will compete on Jan. 12 at home against Northern Arizona. On Jan. 13, the Wildcat diving squad will host the Arizona Invitational. Arizona mens and womens swimming and diving teams will then be host to California and Stanford on Jan. 19 and 20.
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