Feb. 28, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – Arizona placed second overall this weekend in the Women’s Pac-10 Championships held at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center with 1339 overall team points. California took home its first Pac-10 title in women's swimming and diving with 1550 points.
After Lauren Boyle’s win in the 1650 freestyle, Cal’s lead became insurmountable and the Golden Bears had the title all but wrapped up. Joni Keith finished fifth for Arizona in the 1650 with a time of 16:21.98
Ana Agy posted an NCAA auto qualifying mark in the 200 backstroke with a second place finish of 1:52.88. Other Wildcats finishing among the top eight in the 200 back included Andrea Boritzke and Jenny Forster, both of whom set "B" cut times.
"I’ll be very honest, winning the Pac-10 is very nice, but that’s not what this meet is all about for us," said head coach Frank Busch. "We want to race really well [this week] so we can be real good in a couple of weeks [at the NCAA championships]. I’m really happy with the way our kids are performing."
In women’s diving action, Ainsley Oliver finished third with an overall score of 243.30 in the platform competition. Carmen Stellar of Stanford won the event with a score of 257.55.
To close the championships, the Arizona 400 freestyle relay team of Lara Jackson, Justine Schluntz, Anna Turner and Taylor Baughman finished third with a time of 3:15.91. Cal’s relay team broke Arizona’s NCAA record time from last season with a time of 3:11.05.
Arizona will now head back to Tucson and begin its preparations to defend its NCAA national championship in College Station, Texas. The women’s championships run from March 19-21. The Arizona men will depart for Long Beach, Calif. early next week for the Men’s Pac-10 Championships.
Final Rankings - Through Event 21
1. Univ of California Berkeley 1550
2. University of Arizona 1339
3. Stanford University 1317
4. University of Southern Calif 915
5. University of Washington 697
6. Univ California Los Angeles 679
7. Arizona State University 564
8. Oregon State University 412
9. Washington State University 341