The Meet: The Arizona diving team will be host to the Arizona Invitational this weekend. Participating in the event are divers from Arizona, Arizona State, Northern Arizona and Brigham Young. The event will be held over two days, Friday, January 12 and Saturday, January 13. The diving results from the first day of competition between Arizona and Northern Arizona will be counted towards the dual meet also taking place on Friday. The No. 4 Arizona women's swim team will open up the second part of the season against Northern Arizona. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. MST and will take place at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on the University of Arizona campus.
The Cats Last Outing: The Wildcat diving team traveled to Los Angeles to partake in the Trojan Invitational November 16-18, 2000. Senior Omar Ojeda placed first in both the one and three meter events. Senior Arno Bergstrom placed third on the three meter and freshman Josh Anderson placed fourth. On the platform event junior Ruben Vaca placed first, while senior Omar Ojeda placed second. Freshman Alex Vollelunga placed fourth, senior Arno Bergstrom placed sixth, freshman Josh Anderson placed seventh and sophomore Scott Koenig placed eighth. On the women's side senior Lindsay Berryman placed third on the three meter and fifth on the one meter . Senior Adrian David placed fourth on the one meter and fifth on the three meter. Seniors Lindsay Berryman and Adrian David placed first and second on the platform event as well.
The Arizona women's swimming team traveled to the Texas Invitational, December 1-3, 2000. Junior Sarah Tolar recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying time in the 500 free with a time of 4:44.90. Sophomore Beth Botsford qualified in the 100 fly posting a time of 54.04. The women's 400 medley relay team finished with a time of 3:36.69, also an NCAA automatic qualifying time. The relay team was made up of Botsford, freshman Jessica Wagner, junior Erin Vogt and Tolar. On the second day of competition Tolar recorded an NCAA automatic qualifying time and a school record in the 400 IM with the time of 4:13.12.Tolar also had an automatic qualifying time in the 200 free boasting a time of 1:45.77. Wagner competed in the 100 breast swimming in the time of 1:01.92 for an automatic qualifying time. Botsford qualified in the 100 back posting a time of 53.30. The 200 medley relay team finished with a time of 1:39.79, an NCAA automatic qualifying time and a meet record. The relay team was made up of Botsford, Wagner, junior Maria Papadopoulou and Tolar. On the third and final day of the event Botsford had an automatic qualifying time in the 200 back where she swam to the time of 1:54.77, a new meet record. Vogt competed in the 200 fly and captured the automatic qualifying time of 1:58.26.
The Facts: 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.
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 be host to California and Stanford on January 19 and 20, 2001.