Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Night One in the Books for Arizona
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 23, 2011
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Feb. 23, 2011

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - On night one of the 2011 Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash., No. 7 Arizona finds itself in a bit of a hole after a disqualification in one of the two opening relays. 

In the 200 medley relay, All-American Ellyn Baumgardner was just a tad too early in leaving the blocks in the breaststroke leg for Arizona  - .04 to be exact - and the Cats were disqualified from receiving any points. On the positive side, Arizona's seed time of 1:36.90 still ranks among the top teams in the country for the NCAA meet. California won the relay with a time of 1:35.62.

Also getting disqualified in the 200 medley relay was Arizona State, which was also saw its breaststroke leg swimmer get whistled for the error.  The Sun Devils, needing an NCAA cut time, chose to swim the event as a time trial while the Wildcats did not.

UA would rebound nicely in the 800 free relay with the team of Alyssa Anderson, Margo Geer, Sarah Denninghoff and Monica Drake placing fourth in a time of 7:03.22.  As accustomed under head coach Frank Busch, it was Arizona's first time swimming the 800 free relay this season as Busch chooses to add the Wildcats' top four 200 free times for the relay seed heading into NCAA's.  UA's seed time is 7:02.74 going into next month's championships in Austin, Texas.

In men's diving, junior Andres Guerra made the finals in the 1-meter springboard event for Arizona and placed eighth overall with an average total score of 299.20. UA's Sean Clark finished the prelim round of the 1-m with a 242.15. The men's diving points will be combined with swimming events next week in Long Beach, Calif.

As for the women, they currently sit in seventh place with 52 total points after the two relays. California, after winning both relays on the night, is in first with 128 points.

Tomorrow's events include the women's 500 free, 200 I.M., 50 free and 1-meter springboard and the 200 free relay.

Night 1 Point Standings
1. California - 128
2. Stanford - 110
2. USC - 110
4. UCLA - 102
5. Washington State - 94
5. Oregon State - 94
7. Arizona - 52
8. Arizona State - 48

Margo Geer P12 WOTY