The Meet: The Arizona men's (No. 5) and women's (No. 4) swimming and diving teams will be host to both California and Stanford this weekend. The Cal men's and women's teams are ranked No. 6 while the Satnford men are ranked No. 2 and the women No. 3 in the latest poll put out by the College Swim Coaches Association of America. Arizona will compete against the Golden Bears of California on Friday, January 19 at 2 p.mand the Stanford Cardinal on Saturday, January 20 at 1 p.m. The two events will take place on the University of Arizona campus at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
The Cats Last Outing: The No. 4 - University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team defeated Northern Arizona 157-120 last weekend at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Sophomore Amanda Beard competed for the first time this season for Arizona after returning from the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney. Beard competed in four events for the Wildcats, placing first in two individual events and in the 400 free relay. In the 200 IM Beard swam to a time of 2:07.37 and in the 200 fly she touched the wall at 2:10.39. The first place 400 free relay team was made up of Amy Bouta, Beard, Maria Papadopoulou and Julie Manitt (3:41.36). Freshman Jessica Wagner finished first in two events, the 100 breast (1:05.95) and the 200 breast (2:23.49).
The Wildcat's men's swim team had three athletes qualify for the NCAA Championships, taking place in late March. Senior Tyler Painter qualified in three events, the 500 free with the time of 4:19.74, the 400 IM with the time of 3:48.02 and the 1650 free in the time of 14:52.18. Junior Roland Schoeman qualified in two events, the 100 fly (47.16) and the 50 free (19.48). Sophomore Jeff Dash made an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 200 fly with the time of 1:45.26.
The Wildcat diving team held Arizona Invitational on January 18-19. Competing in the event along with the Cats were Northern Arizona, Arizona State and Brigham Young. During the first day of competition on the three meter seniors Adrian David and Lindsay Berryman placed first and third with 263.70 and 257.70 points respectively. Junior Sara Quijano placed sixth (232.00), while junior Hazel Johnson tied for eighth (219.45). Berryman placed third in one meter diving scoring 246.70 points and Quijano placed sixth with 211.00 points. David placed eighth (203.45) while Johnson placed 10th (190.65). On the second day of the event Berryman (242.20) and David (241.30) placed second and third on the one meter. Quijano and Johnson placed eighth and ninth scoring 214.80 and 213.15 points.
On the men's side of the Arizona Invitational senior Ruben Vaca placed first on the one meter scoring 323.65 points and freshman Alex Vollelunga placed second with 300.00 points. Senior Arno Bergstrom placed fifth (274.90), sophomore Scott Koenig placed seventh (251.40) and freshman Josh Anderson placed ninth (218.15). Vaca also finished first on the three meter scoring 312.60 points, while Koenig placed third with 305.40 points. Vollelunga placed sixth (291.35), Bergstrom placed seventh (269.35) and Anderson placed ninth (235.25). On the second day Vaca captured first place on the three meter scoring 342.25. Koenig placed third with 293.35 points, while Bergstrom placed fifth scoring 288.55 points. Vollelunga (263.55) and Anderson (257.20) placed seventh and eighth respectively.
The Facts: The women finished the 1999-2000 season in second place at the NCAA Championships behind the Georgia Bulldogs. The women's 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 returned and lost 13 letterwinners from the 1999-2000 team. The men's 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 men's swimming and diving team.
Cats in the Polls: In the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll, the Arizona women's swimming and diving team fell from No.3 to No. 4 while the men's team also fell from the No. 4 position to the No. 5 spot. On the women's side Georgia is ranked No. 1 followed by UCLA (No. 2), Stanford (No. 3), Arizona (No. 4) and Auburn (No. 5). The top-five men's teams are Texas, Stanford, Texas A&M, Auburn and Arizona.
The women finished the 1999-2000 season in second place at the NCAA Championships behind the Georgia Bulldogs. The women's 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 Wildcats Next Outing: The Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving team will travel to Texas from January 26-27.
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.