TUCSON ?- The Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began their 2005-06 dual meet season with a pair of victories over the University of Wisconsin and Penn State University.
The men won 13 events to defeat the Badgers 176 ?- 85 while the women won 10 total events to top Wisconsin 138.5 ?- 123.5 and the Nittany Lions 152 ?- 110.
“I wasn’t sure what to expect from this meet,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said.” “We have a lot of new people swimming this year but we did a good job adjusting, I’m proud of the kids.”
Starting things out for the women was the 400 medley relay team of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer who won the race in a time of 3:44.56.
Nymeyer won three individual events including the 50 freestyle (23.39), 500 freestyle (4:54.63) and also the 200 freestyle (1:49.79) while junior Whitney Myers finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:50.42). In the 100 backstroke, Gresdal took first place (55.40) and senior Ryann Hackett came in fourth (57.96).
Sieper also took an individual victory as she won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.46 and sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third (1:04.05). Gresdal finished first in the 100 freestyle (50.89) and freshman Lindsey Kelly made her debut as a Wildcat finishing third in the race (52.52).
Pursley finished first in the 100 butterfly (55.68) while Myers finished third in the 400 IM (4:23.15). For the final event of he evening, the 200 free relay team of Gresdal, Kelly, Pursley and Hackett took first place with a time of 1:33.11.
On the diving side, Tiffany Manning finished first on both springboard events scoring 212.95 points in the 1-meter and 314.80 points in the 3-meter. Junior Megan MacDonald finished fourth in the 1-meter and freshman Allison Scaife finished fourth in the 3-meter.
“Overall I think we did pretty well,” head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha said. “Tiffany did a terrific job today and I’m really pleased with what I saw from the women.”
For the men’s team, the 400 medley relay team composed of sophomores Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, junior Adam Ritter and freshman Matt Barnard posted the first win for the Wildcats with a time of 3:25.07. Sophomore Matt Biel finished first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:28.98 while freshman David Pursley finished second (9:35.35).
Jonas Persson came in second in the 200 freestyle (1:42.27) and in the 100 backstroke, three Arizona swimmers dominated the top-three positions. Senior Simon Burnett finished first in the race (49.16) while Ritter finished second (52.03) and junior Nate Rothman was third.
Three Wildcats took the top-three places again in the 100 breaststroke as Barnes was first (55.89), senior Dave Rollins was second (57.70) and freshman Josh Arreguin finished third (58.40).
Senior Lyndon Ferns finished first in the 50 freestyle (21.01) while freshman Matt Barnard was third. Senior Tyler DeBerry finished second in the 200 butterfly while Ritter, Subirats and Persson finished in the top-three of the 100 freestyle.
Burnett won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:48.09 while Barnes finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.94). Biel took second in the 500 freestyle (4:36.05) while DeBerry came in third. Subirats also took an individual win in the 100 butterfly (49.80) and DeBerry won the 400 IM (4:05.67). For the final race, the 200 free relay team of Burnett, Barnard, Barnes and Ferns won with a time of 1:22.90.
For the divers, senior John Collier won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Collier scored 334.40 points on the 1-meter and 257.22 points in the 3-meter. Junior Patrick Sullivan finished second in the 1-meter (253.00) and sophomore Jeff Hagedon was third (223.45).
“The men did very well for the first meet,” Mitchell-Rocha said. “This was a good meet to start out with and learn from.”
The wildcats will resume competition on Nov. 11-12 when the diving team travels to Los Angeles, Calif. for the Trojan Invitational. The team will resume dual meet competition on Nov. 18 to take on Southern California at 2 p.m. (MST) at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.