Feb. 10, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Arizona’s No.1 and No. 9-ranked swimming and diving teams close out their regular seasons in a dual meet against Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 11 in Tempe, Ariz. The meet is scheduled to begin at 1 p.m.
The men’s team has not lost a dual meet this season and has faced top-notch competition, including five teams that are currently ranked in the top 15.
Senior Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.), one of the Wildcats’ most consistent performers, has not lost in the 200 back or the 200 IM this year and currently has the fastest time in the country in both events. Chitwood also has the second-fastest time in the 100 back, only behind teammate, sophomore Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.). Friedemann also has not lost in the 100 back this season.
The breaststroke has proven an event in which the Wildcats have incredible depth. Freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) has the fastest time in the country in the 100 breast, followed by junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) with the second-fastest time and senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) with the fourth-fastest.
In the 200 breast, Mickelson has the fastest time, followed by senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) with the second-fastest, Cordes with the third-fastest and senior Kevin Munsch (Kent, Wash.) with the fifth-fastest.
Thompson also has the fastest time in the country in the 400 IM.
The men’s team also boasts two undefeated relay teams in the 400 and 200 medley races. In addition, they have the second-fastest time in the 200 free relay and the third-fastest in the 400 free relay.
Senior Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) leads the diving portion on the men’s side, as he has not finished outside of the top-three on both the 1m and 3m all season.
On the women’s side, several swimmers rank in the top five in the fastest times in the country in their events.
Sophomore Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) has the second-fastest time in the country in the 100 free and fourth in the 50 free. Senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) ranks third in the 200 free and fourth in the 500 free and 200 fly, junior Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) has the second-fastest time in the 100 breast and sophomore Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) has top-five spots in the 100 back and the 200 back.
In addition, the womens’ 400 free relay and 400 medley relay have the fastest times in the country, while they have the second-fastest times in the 200 free and 200 medley relays.
Pac-12 diver of the month Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa.) is coming off a sensational showing versus Texas, as she broke the Arizona school record on the 3-meter with a 364.50
Arizona State’s women’s team is ranked No. 21 in the CSCAA poll.
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