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No. 3 Arizona Men Swimmers Upset No. 2 Stanford on Final Relay
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/22/2000
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STANFORD, Calif. - Senior Ryk Neethling won three events and No. 3 Arizona pulled out the 400 freestyle relay to defeat No. 2 Stanford 124-119 Saturday afternoon at deGuerre Pool. The Wildcats improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the Pac-10. Stanford falls to 3-3 overall on the season and 1-1 in the Pac-10.

The women's meet, however, was a different story for the Cats. No. 3 Stanford captured 10 of 13 events, won by a final score of 131-112 and remain undefeated at 4-0. The loss bumped No. 2 Arizona to 7-2 overall, 3-1 in the Pac-10.

For the men, Stanford jumped out on top by taking the 400 medley relay, but Neethling won the 1,000 free (9:08.11) and the 200 free (1:35.88) back-to-back to give the Wildcats the lead. Neethling broke the pool record in his come-from-behind win over Stanford junior Adam Messner in the 200, taking the lead in the last 50 yards. Both posted NCAA automatic qualifying times. Neethling, the 1999 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, also won the 500 free (4:27.70) for Arizona.

Cardinal junior Steven Brown won the 200 individual medley to give Stanford a brief lead, but the Cats quickly regained the advantage as freshman Scott Koenig took first in the 1 meter diving (388.85 score), followed by freshman Jeff Dash's victory in the 200 fly (1:47.29) and junior Jay Schryver's win in the 100 free (45.38).

The Wildcats still led 110-97 going into the 200 breaststroke, the second-to-last event. Stanford junior Rob Canales led a one-two-three sweep in the 200 breaststroke to tie the meet at 113, but the Arizona squad of sophomore Roland Schoeman, Schryver, junior Scott Gaskins and junior Ben Anderson pulled out the 400 free relay in a time of 2:59.45 to conclude the meet.

In the women's meet, Stanford led from the outset, as four Cardinal swimmers won two events each. UA's only individual winners were junior Adrian David in the 1 meter diving competition (373.80 points), freshman Amanda Beard in the 200 breaststroke (2:16.29) and the Wildcats' 400 free relay team of senior Denali Knapp, sophomore Emily Mastin, sophomore Jenny Vanker and sophomore Sarah Tolar (3:24.63).

Both Wildcat squads next return to action Friday, Jan. 28th when they host the No. 1 Texas men, No. 12 Texas women, No. 12 ASU men and No. 18 ASU women in a two-day tri-meet at the Hillenbrand Aquatic. Friday's action will begin at 2:00 p.m., while Saturday's sessions will begin at 9:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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