The Event: The top-ranked Arizona womens swimming and diving team will travel to Long Island, N.Y., for the 2001 NCAA Division I Championships. The competition will run from Thursday, March 15 through Saturday, March 17 and the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference will be the host. The 20th annual event , with over 200 competitors, will be held at the Nassau County Aquatic Center. The meet will feature the nations best swimmers and divers, including former and future Olmypians.
The Facilities: The Championships will be hosted by the Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference. The meet will take place at the Nassau County Aquatic Center in Long Island, N.Y.
Arizonas Participants: Amanda Beard 100, 200 breast, 200 IM, medley relays Lindsay Berryman Diving Beth Botsford 100, 200 back, medley relays Amy Bouta 100 fly, 200 medley relay Kristen Brennan 400 free relay Adrian David Diving Caroline Kilian 500, 1650 free, 800 free relay Michelle Engelsman 50, 100 free, free relays Maria Papadopoulou 100, 200 fly Sarah Tolar 100, 200, 500 free, free relays Jenny Vanker 50, 100 free, 200 medley relay, free relays Erin Vogt 100, 200 fly, 400 medley relay Jessica Wagner 100, 200 breast Katie Zimbone 500, 1650 free
Pac-10 Championships: The Wildcat women finished second at the 2001 Pac-10 Championships held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Arizona took home the runner-up spot with1,289.50 points. UCLA won the conference title, with 1,338 points, and Southern California came in third place with 1,112.50 points. Arizonas lone Pac-10 champion was the 400 free relay team. The relay team consisted of juniors Jenny Vanker, Caroline Kilian and Sarah Tolar and freshman Kristen Brennan. The Wildcats touched the wall in a time of 3:18.39.
Also impressive for the Cats were sophomores Amanda Beard and Beth Botsford. Beard placed second in the 100 breast with a time of 1:01.63, second in the 200 breast (2:12.66) and third in the 200 IM (2:00.64). Botsford had a strong showing in Washington, she was the runner-up in the 200 back (1:56.03) and finished in third place in the 100 back with a time of 54.63. Arizonas 800 free relay team, made up of Kilian, Tolar, Vanker and junior Katie Zimbone, placed second with the time of 7:12.26.
Zone E Diving Championships: Two Wildcat divers qualified for this years NCAA Championships at the Zone E Diving Championships in Federal Way, Wash. Senior Lindsay Berryman placed third on the platform event, scoring 423.95 points. Fellow senior Adrian David qualified for the meet on the one meter, posting 261.00 points to take fifth place.
Arizonas NCAA Media Information: For information regarding the NCAA Womens Swimming and Diving Championships, contact Sarah Fahey in the Arizona Media Relations office (520) 621-4163. To obtain results the Arizona Media Relations Office will release a story upon the completion of the competition each day and will email it to the local Tucson media. Results will be posted to www.arizcats.com after each event. A list of complete results may be found at www.ncaachampionships.com. If you are interested in obtaining a quote from an athlete you may call Sportscast Productions at (402) 220-6222. This is the number for the "NCAA Actuality Hotline" and will have sound byte interviews available.
Rankings: The women enter the meet ranked No. 1 in the nation in the March 8 edition of the Speedo America College Swimming Coaches Association top-25 poll. Last season the women finished in second place at the 2000 NCAA Championships held in Indianapolis, Ind.
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.
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.