Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Women Finish Fourth At NCAAs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 20, 1999
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ATHENS, Ga. (March 20) - The Arizona Wildcats held off a furious rally by California and finished in fourth place at the 1999 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships at the Gabrielsen Natatorium. The Wildcats finished the competition with 332 points and one individual title. Georgia, who hosted the competition for the first time, won the team title with 504.5 points. Stanford was second (441) and Southern Methodist finished in third place (370.5).

The individual title for the Cats came in the final event of the championships, the 400-yard freestyle relay. With UA ahead by only nine points entering the relay, the sixth-seeded UA squad would have to beat the third- seeded California squad in order to secure the fourth-place finish. The Arizona team of sophomore Lindsey Farella, junior Denali Knapp, freshman Emily Mastin and freshman Sarah Tolar finished in a time of 3:16.49, just seven one- hundredths of a second ahead of the runner-up Golden Bears. It was the second straight championship in that event for the Wildcats.

In the 1,650-yard freestyle, two-time defending champion, junior Trina Jackson finished fourth, in a time of 16:15.38. While the distinction of being only the twelfth woman in NCAA championship history to win the same event in three straight season eluded Jackson, she did earn the 11th All-American honor of her career. Also scoring points for the Wildcats (in the mile) was freshman Katie Zimbone, who finished 12th (16:31.27), and freshman Caroline Kilian, who placed 13th in a time of 16:31.97.

The Wildcats found themselves with two finalists in the 200 backstroke championship, Knapp and junior Rachel Joseph. Joseph finished sixth overall in a time of 1:57.07, while Knapp placed eighth (2:00.33) and earned the 15th All-American honor of her Wildcat career.

Jackson shone again in the finals of the 200 butterfly, as she placed eighth, swimming a time of 2:01.09. Also, in the consolation finals of the 200 fly, freshman Erin Vogt finished 10th, to earn her third All-America nod of the weekend.

In the finals of the 100 freestyle Farella placed eighth (49.49) to pick up 11 points for UA. Meanwhile, in the consolation race of that event, Tolar placed second (10th overall), in a time of 49.72.

In the platform diving competition sophomore Lindsay Berryman placed eighth (365.30 points), while senior Angelique Rodriguez finished 16th (300.65).

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