Last Time Out: The No. 2-ranked Arizona women's team cruised to a 148-93 victory over the fourth-ranked USC Trojans last Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, while the No. 4 Arizona men squeaked out a 124-119 victory over the No. 5 Trojan men.
For the women, Arizona freshman Amanda Beard led the way, capturing two event titles (200 IM; 2:02.91 and 200 breast; 2:14.09) and swimming the breaststroke leg of the first-place 400 medley relay squad. In addition, Beard's time of 2:14.09 broke the school record in the 200 breast, bettering Becky Gumpert's 1994 mark of 2:14.67. Also strong for the Cats was fellow frosh Beth Botsford, who captured the 200 back, in an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:57.38.
On the men's side UA senior Ryk Neethling led the way with two second-place finishes in the 500 free; 4:21.02 and 1,000 free; 8:59.91, while sophomore Roland Schoeman captured first in the 50 free, clocking a season-best time of 20.15.
On Saturday the women swam past the No. 14 UCLA Bruins by a score of 186-122, to move to 3-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10.
Once again leading the way for the U of A was the freshmen duo of Beth Botsford and Amanda Beard.
Botsford.captured titles in both the 100 back (55.50) and 200 back (1:59.34), for the third straight meet, while Beard won the 100 and 200 breaststrokes also for the third straight meet. In addition, Beard's 200 breast time was an NCAA automatic qualifying time and bettered the school record that she set the previous day in the 200 breast.
Reviewing Last Year: The women ended the 1998-99 season with 10-1 dual-meet record (4-1 in Pac-10) and finished fourth at the 1999 NCAA Championships. The women also return 20 letterwinners from last year's squad, including 11 All-Americans, while losing only one point-scorer from last year's NCAA team.
The men's team, led by 1999 NCAA Division I Swimmer of the Year Ryk Neethling, returns 18 letterwinners from last year's fifth place team, including 12 All-Americans, while losing no point-scorers from last year's NCAA team. This year's men's team will also feature 10 seniors, the largest class during the 11-year era of head coach Frank Busch.