Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Travel to Southern California for first Pac-10 Competition
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 08, 2006
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This Week in the Pool ?- The No. 4 Arizona women’s and No. 5 men’s swimming and diving teams are set to travel to Los Angeles, Calif. this weekend to take on Pac-10 rivals USC and UCLA (women only). Competition will begin Friday, Nov. 10 against the Trojans at 1 p.m. (PST) at McDonalds Swim Stadium and on Saturday, Nov. 11 at 12 p.m. against the Bruins.


What Happened Last Year? ?-  The No. 5 Arizona men’s and the No.6 women’s swimming and diving teams opened their 2005-06 dual-meet season with a pair of victories over Southern California. The men defeated the No.10 Trojans 138-103 while the women defeated the eighth-ranked women of Troy 128-113. On the men’s side, the Wildcats won a total of eight events, while the women had an equally impressive meet, winning a total of eight events as well.


On Saturday, Nov.19, 2005, Arizona defeated two southern California schools maintaining undefeated records for both sides. The women downed No. 7 UCLA 125-80, improving their record to 4-0 (2-0 Pac-10), while the men (3-0 /1-0 Pac-10) defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 116-79.


Arizona and So-Cal History ?- In the past seven years of competition the Wildcats have posted a winning record in the series against southern California rivals USC and UCLA. The men are 5-3 against USC while the women are 6-2. Against UCLA, the women are 6-1 since the 1998-99 season.

A Look at the Opponents ?-
The No. 7 USC men’s squad are currently undefeated in dual-meet competition (1-0, 0-0 Pac-10)after defeating Cal State Northridge 86-9 on October 14. The Trojan’s most recent competition was on October 21 at the 2006 TYR Pacific Invitational in Stockton, Calif., on Saturday, Oct. 21. The men finished first out of five teams with 970 points.


            The Women of Troy are also ranked seventh in the nation, posting an undefeated record of 2-0 (1-0 Pac-10). The Trojan women opened their 2006-07 dual-meet season with a pair of victories over Cal State Northridge and Oregon State, defeating the Beavers 63-32 and the Matadors 86-9. The women’s most recent competition was at the TYR Pacific Invitational where they finished first as well with 1,203 points.


          The No.12 UCLA women’s squad is also undefeated in dual-meet action (3-0, 1-0 Pac-10), as they completed their most recent competition on Friday, Oct. 20 against the University of San Diego. UCLA dominated the meet winning 10 individual events, downing the Toreros 174-84.


Arizona’s Last time in the Water- Both men’s and women’s teams posted their first victories of the season Friday, Nov. 3 against Wisconsin and UCSB at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Wildcat women defeated the No. 13 Badgers 158.5-132.5, while the men beat Wisconsin 165-111 and the Gauchos 155-134.


            Starting the action for the women’s side was the 200 medley relay team of freshmen Caitlin Iversen, Annie Chandler, sophomore Lara Jackson and sophomore Lindsey Kelly who won in a time of 1:42.73. Kelly also won the 50 free with a time of 23.86, while classmate Taylor Baughman tied for second-place with a time of 23.89.


            Junior Lacey Nymeyer posted three individual wins against the Badgers, tallying 27 points for the Wildcats. Beginning with the 100 free, Nymeyer won with a time of 51.03, while sophomore Anna Turner finished second (51.59) and Kelly finished third (51.95). Nymeyer dominated the 200 free as well, finishing with a time of 1:49.31 and later took first in the 500 free (4:53.88).


            Four freshmen made their debuts as Wildcats as Iversen finished first in both the 100 (56.32) and 200 back (2:00.84), Joni Zimmerman finished second in the 1000 free (10:04.74) and Chandler placed second in the100 breast (1:03.09). Andrea Boritzke finished third in the 100 back (57.11) and Ana Agy posted her first individual win during the 100 fly (55.72). Agy also finished second in the 200 fly (2:03.70) behind senior Whitney Myers who was first (2:00.70).


            In the 200 breast, junior Jacquelyn Craft finished second with a time of 2:17.42 and Chandler finished third (2:19.50). Later, Myers and Iversen swam exhibition heats of the 400 IM, posting times that were good enough to take first and second place.


            In the diving well for the women, senior Megan MacDonald won the 3-meter competition with 276 points and finished second in the 1-meter (246.14). Senior Holly Kast finished third in the 1-meter (245.24) and junior Shayna Keel took third in the 3-meter (202.73).


            For the men’s squad, the 200 medley relay team of junior transfer Darian Townsend, junior Ivan Barnes, junior Albert Subirats and sophomore Nicolas Nilo won with a time of 1:30.40. Subirats also won the 50 free with a time of 20.91, while freshman Jordan Smith finished second (21.30).


            Three Wildcats dominated the 100 free as senior Adam Ritter finished first (44.83), Townsend finished second (44.97) and Nilo third (45.58). U of A also took over the 200 free beginning with Ritter, who finished first (1:38.67), Nilo second (1:39.80) and freshman Joel Greenshields third (1:40.76).


            Junior Matt Biel posted two individual victories, first in both the 1000 free (9:30.71) and in the 500 free (4:35.61). Freshman Jean Basson finished third in the 500 free (4:38.91), while sophomore David Pursley finished second in the 1000 free (9:35.47).


            Townsend finished first in the 100 back, posting his first individual win as a Wildcat (50.65), while freshman Scott Jackson finished third (52.06). In the 200 back, freshman Jake Tapp finished third with a time of 1:52.14, while sophomore Josh Arreguin finished second in the 100 breast (57.83) and junior Darren Maxwell finished third in the 200 fly (1:53.30).


            Subirats and Townsend swam exhibition heats of the 100 fly, along with freshman Jack Brown and Ritter, who swam exhibition heats of the 400 IM, all posted times that were good enough to take first and second place in their respective races.


            On the diving side, junior Matt Bisordi won both springboard events, scoring 278.24 points in the 1-meter and 358.05 points in the 3-meter. Junior Craig Sheedy finished third in the 1-meter with a total of 243.82 points respectively.


 Arizona’s Next Action - The Arizona men’s and women’s teams will return to action on Thursday, Nov. 30 ?- Saturday, Dec. 2 when they travel to Austin, Texas to compete at the annual Texas Invitational. Preliminary action will begin at 10 a.m. (CST) each morning at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center and finals will start at 6 p.m.




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Margo Geer P12 WOTY