TUCSON ?- The No. 5 Arizona men’s and the No.6 women’s swimming and diving teams defeated Southern California, Friday, in the first Pac-10 competition of the season. The men defeated the No.10 Trojans 138-103 while the women defeated the eighth-ranked women of Troy 128-113.
“This was certainly a very good meet,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “We swam one of the best dual-meets I have seen in a long time. We had times today that were very good for this time of year and that’s all due to the effort of the team.”
On the men’s side, Arizona won a total of eight events beginning with the 400 medley relay composed of senior Simon Burnett, sophomore Ivan Barnes, sophomore Albert Subirats and junior Adam Ritter. The relay won with a time of 3:13.46, which is currently the fastest collegiate time swum in the nation.
In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Matt Biel finished second (9:18.77), senior Tyler DeBerry finished third (9:29.30) and freshman David Pursley placed fourth. Burnett won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:37.73, which qualifies as the fourth fastest time in the nation. Senior Lyndon Ferns won the 50 freestyle in a time of 19.89, which is currently the second fastest time in the nation.
Senior Dave Rollins finished second in the 200 IM (1:49.80) while Ritter placed third. In the 100 freestyle, Ferns took the top position with a time of 43.83, posting the No. 1 time in the nation and Ritter finished second (44.66).
Burnet also won the 200 backstroke (1:45.51) while Barnes won the 200 breaststroke (2:00.99). Biel finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:31.44), while DeBerry and Pursley came in third and fourth.
The 400 free relay team of Ferns, freshman Matt Barnard, Persson and sophomore Albert Subirats ended the meet by winning the race with a time of 3:00.36.
On the diving boards for the men, senior John Collier won both springboard events posting 373.55 points in the 3-meter and 318.55 points in the 1-meter. Junior Patrick Sullivan finished third in the 1-meter (279.35) and in the 3-meter (293.20).
The women had an equally impressive dual-meet as they won a total of eight events. The 400 medley relay of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and freshman Lindsey Kelly won with a time of 3:41.51, which is currently the best time in the nation.
Sophomore Lacey Nymeyer posted the second win for the Wildcats by taking first-place in the 200 freestyle (1:48.43) and senior Katie Willis finished second (1:51.63).
Gresdal and Kelly took the top-two spots in the 50 freestyle with Gresdal swimming the sixth fastest time in the nation (23.11). In the 200 IM, junior Whitney Myers finished first (2:01.94) and she also finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:01.01).
Gresdal and freshman Taylor Baughman finished first and second in the 100 freestyle while freshman Kathryn Thompson and senior Marshi Smith also took the top-two spots in the 200 backstroke.
Nymeyer won her second individual event in the 500 freestyle, swimming the race in a time of 4:52.79. Sieper finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.13) and freshman Jessica Embick took third (2:19.06).
For the final swimming event, the 400 free relay composed of Nymeyer, Baughman, senior Ryann Hackett and Pursley won with a time of 3:25.03, which was later counted as an exhibition race.
In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning finished second in both events as she tallied 308.10 points in the 1-meter and 290.40 points in the 3-meter. Sophomore Holly Kast finished fourth in the 1-meter with 224.70 points.
The Wildcats will resume competition tomorrow at 12 p.m. (MST) at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The women will take on the No. 7 UCLA Bruins and the men will host the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos.