TUCSON, Ariz. - After the completion of the first session of a three-session, two-day meet at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center against the University of Texas, the Arizona women lead UT by a score of 92-37. On the men's side, top-ranked Texas captured first-place in four of the seven events on day one to take a 74-55 lead. In other action, the Longhorn women lead No. 18 Arizona State 71-58 and Texas leads the No. 11 ASU men, 85-44.
The Arizona women started quickly by winning three of the first four events and the last three of the day to build their 55 point lead. Event winners included senior Trina Jackson in the 500 free (4:52.70), freshman Amanda Beard (200 IM; 2:03.67), the 200 free relay squad (senior Denali Knapp, sophomore Jenny Vanker, Emily Mastin, sophomore Sarah Tolar; 1:34.11) and 400 medley relay (freshman Beth Botsford, Beard, sophomore Erin Vogt, and Tolar; 3:45.64).
In diving action sophomore Adrian David smashed the school record in the 3 meter competition by recording a score of 520.70, bettering teammate Andrea Glass' 1996 mark of 497.10. David also captured first in the 1 meter, with a score of 295.45 points.
For the men, senior Ryk Neethling showed why he was selected the 1999 NCAA Swimmer of the Year, by running away from the field in the 500 free, winning in a time of 4:20.73, almost five seconds before his nearest competitor. In the 50 free, sophomore Roland Schoeman blasted off the blocks and captured first in a time of 19.87. It is only the second short-course yards time known to be under 20 seconds ever recorded at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
In men's diving Texas sophomore, national champion Troy Dumais took first in both the 1 meter (586.85) and 3 meter (431.89) competition. Arizona sophomore Arno Bergstrom finished second in the 1 meter (497.80) and fourth in the 1 meter (292.30).
Day two begins tomorrow with session one slated for 9:00 a.m. and session two set to start at 1:30 p.m.