The Meets: The Arizona swimming and diving teams will travel to Los Angeles this weekend to face Southern California on Friday, Nov. 10. The USC women are ranked fifth and the men sixth. The top-ranked Wildcat women will then compete against No. 11 UCLA on Saturday, Nov. 11, while the No. 4 ranked men participate in the Southern California Invite.
The Cats Last Outing: Last weekend the Arizona women defeated Florida State in a two-day meet at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. Junior Sarah Tolar swam very well both days of the event, capturing first place in four individual events, the 100 free, the 200 free, the 500 free and the 400 IM. Tolar was a also a member of two winning relay teams the 400 free relay and the 800 free relay. Sophomore NCAA Champion Beth Botsford won three events, the 100 and 200 back and the 200 fly. Botsford won the 100 back in a time of 54.66, an automatic qualifying time for the NCAA Champuionships.
On the men's side, Arizona defeated both Florida State and Southern Methodist. Senior transfer Tyler Painter came out strong for the Wildcats capturing individual titles in the 500 free, 1000 free and the 400 IM and one team relay title in the 800 free relay. Senior captain Jay Schryver captured one individual event and three team relays. Schryver won the 200 free and was a member of the winning 200, 400 and 800 free relay teams. Freshman Eric la Fleur won two individual and two team relay events. la Fleur touched first in the 50 and 100 free and swam on the winning 200 and 400 free relay teams.
The Facts: In the preseason College Swimming Coaches Association of America Top-25 Poll, the Arizona women's swimming and diving team begin the year ranked first in the nation receiving all six votes, while the men start in the No. 4 position, receiving one first place vote. The men trail No. 1Texas, Auburn and Stanford in the poll.
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, 4-1 in the Pac-10. The women return 21 letterwinners while, losing only seven.
The men's team both return and lose 13 letterwinners from the 1999-2000 team. The men's dual meet record last year was 5-3, 2-2 in the Pac-10. The men finished the season third at NCAA Championships, the highest finish ever for an Arizona men's swimming and diving team.
Cats in the Polls: The men enter the meet ranked No. 4 in the nation in the preseason edition of the Speedo College Swimming Coaches Association Top-25 Poll. The men were ranked in the top-5 for the entire 1999-2000 season. The women enter this season ranked No. 1 in the counrty and held the No. 2 spot for the entire 1999-2000 season.
Other Pac-10 men's teams in the rankings include the Stanford at No. 3, California at No. 5, Southern California at No. 6 and Arizona State in the No. 13 spot.
For the women, California is No. 2, Stanford is No. 3, Southern California is No. 5, UCLA is No. 11 and the Arizona State women are No. 19.
The Wildcats Next Outing: The Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving team will travel to Los Angeles Nov. 17-19 for the Trojan Invitational. The swimming and diving teams will then travel to Texas from Dec. 1-3, for the Texas Invitational to take on some of the nation's top swimmers and divers.
Cats in Cyberspace: For the latest news, notes and results on not only the swimming and diving squads, but also the other 18 intercollegiate sports that the U of A has to offer as well, log on to the official athletic website of the University of Arizona... http://www.arizcats.com