Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women's Swimming and Diving Remains in First Place After Day Two of Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2000
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End Of Day 2 Including Diving           

1)   ARIZONA           861     6)   ARIZONA STATE     588   
2)   CALIFORNIA        827     7)   WASHINGTON        321   
3)   STANFORD          759     8)   WASHINGTON STATE  207   
4)   UCLA              721     9)   OREGON STATE      203.5 
5)   USC               650.5 
LONG BEACH, Calif. - After the completion of the second day of competition at the 2000 Pac-10 Women's Championships today at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the Arizona women continue to lead after accumulating 861 points. California is second with the 827 points, while 13-time defending conference champion Stanford is third (759 points).

Sophomore Sarah Tolar captured the first individual title for the women's squad when she swam to victory in the 200-yard freestyle, in a time of 1:46.86. Also in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle were sophomore Emily Mastin and sophomore Caroline Kilian. Mastin finished fifth (1:48.04), while Kilian was sixth (1:48.86).

In the final event of the day, the 800-yard freestyle relay, Arizona and Stanford raced neck and neck before the Cardinal pulled away in the final 25 yards for the win. The second-place Arizona squad of senior Trina Jackson, Kilian, Tolar and Mastin clocked a time of 7:11.04.

The 200-yard medley relay squad of freshman Beth Botsford, freshman Amanda Beard, sophomore Amy Bouta and sophomore Jenny Vanker captured third-place with a time of 1:40.98.

Competing in her specialty stroke, Beard finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke (1:01.55), while teammate, sophomore Jessamyn Miller placed seventh, in a time of 1:04.38.

In the 400-yard Individual Medley sophomore Erin Vogt placed third (4:14.33), improving her morning prelim time by over four seconds.

Competing in her only individual event of the day, Botsford claimed fourth-place in the 100-yard breaststroke after clocking a time of 53.91. Also scoring in the finals of the 100 back was freshman Julie Manitt (fifth-place; 55.07).

Meanwhile, at the Pac-10 Women's and Men's Diving Championships being held simultaneously at the McDonald's Swim Stadium on the campus of the University of Southern California, two Wildcat women placed in the top five, while on the men's side, sophomore Ruben Vaca was crowned Pac-10 champion in the 1-Meter Springboard.

In the men's diving meet Vaca finished the morning prelim session with more than an eight-point advantage over his nearest competitor and held on to win by tallying a final score of 492.25. Also for the Cats, junior Arno Bergstrom finished seventh, with a score of 404.30. The diving points earned this weekend will be added to the team scores that are accumulated next weekend in Federal Way, Wash. at the 2000 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championships.

Earning valuable points for the women's squad was junior Lindsay Berryman (3-Meter Springboard; second-place; 485.94 points) and junior Adrian David (3-Meter Springboard; fifth-place; 462.44).

The 2000 Pac-10 Women's Championships conclude tomorrow with the prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the finals slated for 6:00 p.m.(PST).

Margo Geer P12 WOTY