Jan. 4, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Eric Hansen and the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will welcome Iowa, Oregon State, Northern Arizona and New Mexico State to Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Friday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.
The No. 5 Arizona women will compete against all four teams, while the No. 1 Arizona men will take on No. 15 Iowa.
Both Wildcat teams are coming off a brief hiatus, most recently competing at the Texas Invite Dec. 1-3, in which the Wildcats automatically qualified 18 individuals in 10 events and an additional five relay teams.
Freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) garnered some attention as he not only qualified for the NCAA Championships in three events, but also set a new pool record in the 100 breast after shattering Olympian Brendan Hansen’s record set in 2003.
Arizona’s senior class also showed its consistency once again, as Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.), Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.), Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) and Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) each qualified in at least three NCAA events.
The Iowa men’s team is led by Ryan Phelan, who ranks in eighth-place in the 50 free. Iowa’s 200 Free Relay and 400 Free Relay team rank ninth and 10th in the country, respectively.
The Iowa women’s team is led by freshman Becky Stoughton in the 1000 free, 500 free, 400 IM and 200 free, Abbey Tuchscherer.in the 200 fly and Veronica Rydze in diving competition.
The Northern Arizona team is led by junior diver Kristy Ardavanis and sophomore swimmer Emma Lowther who were named Verizon WAC Diver and Swimmer of the Week, respectively. Lowther won the 500 free and 1650 free, finished second in the 800 free relay, finished fourth in the 200 free, and advanced to the C finals in the 100 fly at the UNLV Winter Invitational.
Currently, New Mexico State is ranked No. 12 in the country in the CollegeSwimming.com Mid-Major Division I poll. The Aggies concluded the fall semester with a third-place team finish at the UNLV Invitational. NM State ended the meet with a win in the 400 free relay with the team of sophomore Terrin Seaver, junior Alex Fenton, freshman Victoria Palombit and freshman Aliena Schmidtke. Junior Beth Cate also dominated the individual medley events with victories in the 200 IM and 400 IM, while freshman Jessica Legge followed in second place in both events.
Arizona’s Pac-12 foe Oregon State most recently participated in the Arena Invitational in Long Beach, Calif. The Beavers are led by Crystal Kibby in the 200 breast, Shelby Webber in the 100 free and Melissa Myers in the 1650 free.
Competition is slated to begin at 2 p.m. and admission is free to the public.
For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Swimming and Diving, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.