The Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began their 2004-05 season this afternoon with victories over the Wisconsin Badgers. The No. 3 women defeated No.10 Wisconsin with a score of 141-119 and the fourth-ranked men won 160-99 against the No.16 Badgers.
The Arizona women placed first in eight events beginning with the 200y medley relay team of junior Marshi Smith, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Courtney Cashion, who won the race with a time of 1:44.20. In the 1000y freestyle, junior Katie Willis finished second (9:57.21) and senior Emily Mason was fourth (10:25.64). Willis also finished second in the 500y freestyle (5:04.60) and fourth in the 400y individual medley. Junior Jenna Gresdal won the 100y backstroke (55.12) with fellow juniors Marshi Smith and Ryann Hackett finishing in third and fourth place.
Sieper won the 100y breaststroke in a time of 1:03.28 and finished second in the 200y breaststroke (2:16.60). In the 200y freestyle, freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished second (1:51.80) and senior Jessica Hayes was third (1:52.32). Myers tallied two individual first-place finishes in the 200y butterfly (2:01.79) and the 100y butterfly (55.99). Also, in the 200 fly, Mason finished second (2:03.54) and junior Lisa Pursley was third (2:06.06).
In the 50y freestyle, Gresdal was first (23.56) and Nymeyer was second (23.76). Nymeyer also won the 100y freestyle with a time of 51.29 and Cashion finished third (52.18). Gresdal and Hayes took third and fourth place in the 200y backstroke while Mason finished second in the 400y individual medley (4:23.63). For the final race, the 400y free relay team of Gresdal, Nymeyer, Myers and Hayes won with a time of 3:26.74.
On the diving side for the women, sophomore Mary Yarrison won the 3-meter with 301.35 points. Senior Claire Febvay finished second (296.25) and senior Daniela Bemme was third (288.38). The Wildcats swept the 1-meter competition as Bemme was first in with 270.97 points. Yarrison was second (257.32), freshman Holly Kast was third (252.29) and Febvay and sophomore Kirssa Cline finished fourth and fifth.
The men’s swim team won 10 events starting with the 200y medley relay team of freshman Nick Thoman, freshman Ivan Barnes, junior Lyndon Ferns, and junior Simon Burnett with a time of 1:30.47. Freshman Matt Biel made his debut as a Wildcat in the 1000y freestyle winning the race with a time of 9:24.54 and teammate junior Tyler DeBerry finished second (9:28.43). Then in the 500y freestyle, DeBerry finished first (4:33.00) and Biel came in second (4:36.28).
Burnett finished first in the 200y freestyle (1:38.68), while sophomore Adam Ritter finished third (1:41.81). Thoman won the 200y backstroke (1:49.27) and was second in the 100y backstroke (50.21). Freshman Ivan Barnes won the 100y breaststroke (56.05) while junior Dave Rollins and senior Nate Stevens took second and third place. Barnes also won the 200y breaststroke (2:02.62). In the 200y butterfly, freshman Darren Maxwell finished second (1:55.40) and Thoman was third.
Ferns took first-place in two events including the 50 y free (20.28) and the 100y butterfly (48.10). In the 100y freestyle, Burnett won with a time of 45.43 and Ritter finished third and in the 400y individual medley, sophomore Nate Rothman finished third (4:11.38).
On the diving boards for the men, junior John Collier finished first in both the 1-meter (316.42 points) and the 3-meter (306.30 points) competitions. Sophomore J.J. Aderholt finished second in both events with a score of 249.75 in the 1-meter and 243.52 in the 3-meter. Freshman Jeff Hagedon placed sixth in both events.
The Wildcats resume competition on Friday, Nov. 19 when they travel to Los Angeles, Calif. to take on the USC Trojans at 10 a.m. (PST).