Feb. 2, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - The third-ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team defeated the second-ranked Texas women today at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The event took place over two days and included three sessions. After the third and final session this afternoon the final score on the women's side stood at Arizona 185, Texas 166. The ninth-ranked Wildcat men fell to the defending National Champion Longhorns (No. 3) 183-145.
The Arizona women won 10 out of the 13 events today. Senior All-American Sarah Tolar placed first in two individual events, the 200y free (1:49.05) and the 400y IM (4:19.80). Tolar is the defending National Champion in the 200y freestyle event. Tolar had some help today from fellow All-American junior Beth Botsford and sophomore Jessica Wagner. Botsford touched first in both the 100y (55.09) and 200y backstroke (1:58.65), while Wagner took first place in both the 100y (1:02.52) and 200y breaststroke (2:16.30).
Arizona finished the meet with a win in the 400y free relay (3:21.75). The relay team consisted of freshman standout Jessica Hayes, and senior All-American's Jenny Vanker and Katie Zimbone along with Tolar.
On the men's side of the event the Cats wrapped up the meet with an outstanding finish in the 400y free relay. The relay team was made up of All-American sophomore Eric la Fleur, All-American senior Roland Schoeman, sophomore Byron Jeffers and senior All-American Kristopher Souther. Arizona clocked a NCAA consideration time of 2:59.63.
Individually for the men four Wildcats finished in first place. Sophomore All-American Juan Veloz began today's events winning the 400y IM with a time of 4:03.84, while freshman Chris Trimble opened up the third and final session with a victory in the 1650y free (15:52.13). Souther and Schoeman each won individual events as well in the 200y back (1:47.91) and the 100y free (43.91), respectively.
The men's diving squad took second and third place on the one-meter. Senior Ruben Vaca scored 348.60 points placing second, while fellow senior and All-American Omar Ojeda scored 347.30 points to place third. For the women sophomore Claire Febvay placed second on the three-meter with 485.05 points.
The Wildcats next travel to Arizona State for the last dual meet of the season. The meet will take place Sat., Feb. 16 in Tempe, Ariz.