Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
01-16 Texas Weekly
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 16, 2008
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This Week in the Pool ??C The fourth-ranked Arizona womenˇ?s swimming and diving teams are geared up to face the No. 16?- ranked Texas. The meet begins at 1 p.m Saturday Jan. 19 at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz.

What Happened Last Year? ?C ?On January 20, 2007, the Wildcats beat the 12th ranked Longhorns in Austin, Texas, by a score of 213-139.

Arizona ?vs. Texas History? ?C ? 2008 marks the ninth consecutive year the Wildcats and Longhorns have faced off in duel meets. Arizonaˇ?s womenˇ?s team is 7-2 versus the Longhorns since 1999. Arizona and Texas were both in the Texas Invitational earlier this year. The Wildcats finished first (859 points) while the Longhorns finished third with 493 points.


A Look at the Longhorns ?C ?On Jan. 11, the Longhorns were defeated by No. 2 Georgia 175-119. On Jan 10, the Longhorns faced No. 1 Auburn and lost 157-80. Texasˇ? overall record stands at 1-4. At the Texas Invitational, the Longhorns finished in third place.


Last Time in the Pool ? ?C ? The No. 4-ranked Arizona womenˇ?s swimming and diving team swept its way to victory in a four-way meet at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson on Jan. 4. The Wildcats opened the new year with a 174-122 win over in-state rival Northern Arizona and defeated conference foes Oregon State (176-118) and Washington (194-98) to complete the sweep.

????????????The 400-yard medley relay team of Anna Turner, Annie Chandler, Brandy Collins and Lindsey Kelly started the Cats off a good note by winning the event in 3:47.54. Oregon Stateˇ?s ˇ®Aˇ? relay placed second in a time of 3:48.19, beating out UAˇ?s third-place ˇ®Bˇ? relay (3:49.12) of Caitlin Iversen, Jessica Embrick, Dana Christ and Taylor Baughman, as well as the ˇ®Cˇ? relay (3:49.84) of Justine Schluntz, Andrea Boritzke, Hailey DeGolia and Emma Darlington.

????????????Carly Beaudreau and Joni Keith kicked off a strong individual event effort for Arizona by taking first and second in the 1,000 free. Beaudreau won in a time of 10:10.33, while her teammate Keith touched just behind in a time 10:10.53. The duo was each a full five seconds faster than third-place finisher Britteny Iverson of Oregon State (10:15.63).


????????????Lacey Nymeyer, winner of two individual events and a relay team, paired up with teammate Leone Vorster for the top two spots in the ensuing 200 free. Nymeyer took top honors in a time of 1:50.73, while Vorster followed a second behind in 1:51.84. The Cats narrowly missed out a top three sweep in the event, as Washingtonˇ?s Erin Campbell swam a 1:52.10 to UAˇ?s Turnerˇ?s 1:52.84 for third place.?

????????????Jacquelyn Craft got the Wildcats back on the winning track in the 100 breast with a winning time of 1:05.35, while teammate Embrick placed third in 1:06.23. Oregon Stateˇ?s Kayla Rawlings took the top spot in the 200 fly with a 2:02.58, but Wildcat teammates Jenny Forester (2:05.08) and Ana Agy (2:06.32) kept pace with second- and third-place touches in the event.

????????????Lara Jackson and Nymeyer sent the Wildcats into the first break of the meet by taking first and second in the 50 free, posting times of 23.42 and 23.66, respectively.

????????????The 10-minute hiatus in action didnˇ?t cool the Wildcats off, as Katherine Raatz, Kelly and Turner swept the top three spots in the 100 free. Raatz won in a time of 51.28, while Kelly fended off her teammate Turner 51.66 to 51.89.

????????????After Washingtonˇ?s Jessica Buchanan turned in the top time in the 200 breast (2:22.36), UAˇ?s Nymeyer took home her second individual event in the 500 free (5:00.87).

????????????UAˇ?s Agy added to the Catsˇ? tally with an individual win the 100 fly (56.45) and OSUˇ?s Haruguchi closed out the individual swimming events with her third victory of the day in the 200 IM (2:03.48).

????????????UAˇ?s 400 free relay team of Nymeyer, Vorster, Raatz and Jackson easily put the final swimming event of the day away with a first-place finish of 3:25.91, a full six seconds faster than Washingtonˇ?s second-place squad (3:31.99).

????????????In the diving events, UAˇ?s Allison Scaife took third in both the one-meter and three-meter, while teammate Holly Kast finished fourth on the one meter and Danni Ridge fourth on the three. NAUˇ?s Danielle Borth and Natalie Hughes finished first and second on the boards, with Borth winning the one and Hughes the three.



Arizonaˇ?s Next Action - ?The Arizona menˇ?s and womenˇ?s teams will travel to the Bay Area when they face Pac-10 foes California and Stanford. Arizona faces California on Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. and take on Stanford Jan. 26 at noon.


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