The Meet: The No. 2 Arizona womens swimming and diving team and the No. 7 mens team will host Arizona State this upcoming weekend. Arizona States mens team is ranked No. 14, while the womens team is ranked No. 17. The event was originally scheduled for 1 p.m. but will now begin at noon. The meet will take place on the University of Arizona campus at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. This weekends event marks the end of the regular season for the Cats. Since this is the last home meet for Arizona the seniors on the team will be recognized accordingly.
The Cats Last Outing: The University of Arizona womens and mens swimming and diving team traveled to the University of Texas, January 26-27. The Wildcat women came back the second day to defeat the No. 10 Longhorns 195.50-176.50. The Arizona men were not as fortunate as they fell to No. 1 Texas 247-123 and No. 4 Texas A&M 228-143.
On the womens side of the event sophomore Amanda Beard placed first in three events, the 400 IM (4:19.93), the 100 breast (1:03.07) and the 200 breast (2:14.23). In all three events Beard made NCAA consideration times. Sophomore Beth Botsford captured first in two different events, the 100 back (55.33) and the 200 back (1:58.59). Junior Sarah Tolar touched the wall first in the 200 free with the time of 1:47.16. Tolar also placed first in the 500 free, touching the wall in the time of 4:50.74. In the 1650 free junior Caroline Kilian earned first place, swimming to the time of 16:45.29. In the 200 IM junior Erin Vogt (2:06.11) placed second, while Beard (2:06.64) placed third. Junior transfer Michelle Engelsman placed third in the 50 free, swimming to the time 23.55. The womens 200 free relay team, made up of Engelsman, juniors Jenny Vanker and Amy Bouta and Tolar, came in second with the time of 1:32.95. Arizona also placed second in the 400 medley relay with the time of 3:43.94 (Botsford, Beard, Vogt and Tolar). In the womens 400 free relay Arizona placed second with the time of 3:25.91. The team consisted of Vanker, Tolar, freshman Kristen Brennan and senior Lindsey Farella.
On the mens side of the event senior Tyler Painter placed first in the 500 free with the time of 4:22.57. Painter also captured first place in the mens 1650 free, swimming to the time of 15:09.98. Sophomore Jeff Dash placed second in the 200 fly with the time of 1:47.86. Junior Roland Schoeman placed second in the 100 free (44.61) and third in the 50 free (20.28). Senior Jay Schryver came in third in the 200 free with the time of 1:39.41, while junior Kris Souther reached the wall in the time of 1:50.09 to place third in the 200 back. Freshman Greg Owen recorded a 2:04.12 in the 200 breast to finish third. TheArizona mens 400 free relay team came in second place (3:01.38), the team was made up of Schoeman, freshman Eric la Fleur, Schryver and senior Scott Gaskins.
In three meter diving senior Lindsay Berryman broke an Arizona school record scoring 477.95 points. This tied Berryman for first place with Kristen Marquis of Texas. On the womens three meter freshman Claire Febvay scored 265.80 points to place second. On the platform Arizona grabbed the top three positions, Febvay placed first (403.70), Berryman second (391.40) and senior Adrian David third (387.15). In mens three meter diving senior Omar Ojeda placed third, scoring 576.35 points. Ojeda also placed second on the one meter (348.55) and third on the platform (505.05).
Cats in the Polls: In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll, the Arizona womens swimming and diving team held their No. 2 spot while receiving three first place votes. The mens team holds onto the No. 7 spot. On the womens side Georgia is ranked No. 1 followed by Arizona (No. 2), Stanford (No. 3), California (No. 4) and Auburn (No. 5). The top-five mens teams are Texas, Tennessee, Stanford, Texas A&M and Auburn.
The Facts: 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 mens team both returned and lost 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 the Arizona mens swimming and diving team.
The Wildcats Next Outing: The Arizona womens swimming team will travel to Seattle, on Feb. 22-24 for the 2001 womens Pac-10 Championships. The mens team will host the 2001 mensPac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., March 1-3. The Wildcat diving team will host the NCAA Zone E diving Championships in Seattle, from March 9-10.
Cats in Cyberspace: For the latest news, notes and results on not only the swimming and diving squads, but also the other 18 intercollegiate sports that the UA has to offer, log on to the official athletic website of the University of Arizona... http://www.arizcats.com.