Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Head to Lone Star State to Meet Some of the Nation's Best
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 29, 1999
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The Meet: The Arizona swimming and diving squads will head to the 1999 University of Texas Invitational this Friday, Dec. 3, through Sunday, Dec. 5 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center, in Austin. Due to the caliber of athletes that are present, the meet is widely considered a preview to the NCAA Championships, which will be held in late Match, 2000. This weekend's action will take place on the campus of the University of Texas at Austin and will feature some of the top teams in the country.

Meet Format: On Friday and Saturday, preliminaries will be held at 10 a.m. with finals set for 6:00 p.m. On Sunday, meanwhile, 9:30 a.m. preliminaries will be followed by 3 p.m. finals. Each session should last approximately two hours and will the meet will be the Wildcats' final competition of the Fall semester. Men's and women's preliminaries will take place at the same time during the morning sessions, using separate pools. Preliminaries will use a 25-yard course configuration, while a 25-meter course will be utilized for the finals.

* Invited men's teams include No. 1 Texas, No. 4 Arizona, co-No. 5 California, No. 10 Minnesota, No. 13 Arizona State, No. 18 SMU, Wisconsin, TCU and Louisiana-Monroe.

* Invited women's teams include No. 2 Arizona, No. 8 Michigan, No. 9 SMU, No. 12 Texas, No. 13 Wisconsin, No. 14 UCLA, No. 15 Minnesota, No. 20 Arizona State, Texas A&M, TCU, Rice, Houston and Louisiana-Monroe.

Last Time Out: The Arizona women swam past UC San Diego (125-63) and Northern Arizona (224-67) at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center (11/19/99), to move to 5-0 overall, 2-0 in the Pac-10, this season. Meanwhile the No. 4 men's squad recorded a 230-70 victory over the UC San Diego Tritons, to move to 3-0, 1-0 in the Pac-10.

While the meet featured the Arizona swimmers competing in their secondary events, several Cats produced strong performances. In the women's meet versus UC San Diego sophomore Jamie Krohn recorded victories in both the 100 back (59.42) and the 500 free (5:06.47). Also strong for the Wildcats was freshman Julie Manitt who swam to victory in the 200 IM (2:06.13) and notched second in the 100 back (59.90).

On the men's side freshman Jeff Dash was a double event winner (200 free: 1:43.50) and 100 fly: 50.47), while eight other Wildcats notched first-place finishes.

In the diving competition UA sophomore Ruben Vaca recorded a school record in the 1 Meter springboard competition (6 dive) with a score of 368.48. Vaca's score bettered Dale Caldwell's 1989 mark of 363.75.

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