Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Topped by Golden Bears in Dual Meet Action
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 22, 2011
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Jan. 22, 2011

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TUCSON, Ariz. - Facing an elite level team for the second consecutive day in its home pool, the University of Arizona swimming and diving teams fell to No. 4/4 California. The women were beaten 165.5-135.5 while the men lost 174.5-123.5.


While the team score is to be lamented across both men's and women's teams, there were many individual standout efforts for the Wildcats on Saturday.


Alyssa Anderson was on fire for the women's team, winning the 500 and 1,000 yard freestyle events and the 200 butterfly.  Over the fly event, Anderson used a back-half effort to catch and pass Cal's Amanda Sims in route to winning the race in 1:57.51.  Her winning time of 4:50.70 and her butterfly time were each good for NCAA consideration standards.


Hannah Ross also had a strong afternoon for the Wildcats, winning the women's 200 backstroke, finishing second in the 100 backstroke and placing fourth in the 200 I.M.  Ross, swimming in the 200 back, surged over the last 25 yards of the event to catch Cal's Cindy Tran and out-touched the freshman by seven hundredths of a second of the win.


Freshman Margo Geer won the women's 200 free and finished runner-up in both the 50 and 100 freestyle events. Geer and Cal's Liv Jensen were neck and neck down the stretch in the 100 free with Jensen just outstretching Geer, winning by two hundredths of a second over the Arizona freshman sprinter.


On the men's side, distance swimmer Matt Barber, just like his female counterpart Anderson, performed well for the Cats, winning both the 500 and 1,000 yard freestyle events while finishing third overall in the 200 fly.  Barber's distance free times in the 500 and 1,000 free were 4:33.07 and 9:21.99, respectively.


Fellow freshman Mitchell Friedemann claimed the men's 100 backstroke in 48.78 and placed fifth in the 100 freestyle.  Junior captain Cory Chitwood took home the 200 backstroke for the Wildcats in 1:45.73.


The UA breaststroke tandem of Kevin Munsch and Carl Mickelson placed first and second, respectively, in the 200 breaststroke with times of 1:59.70 and 2:01.05. Munsch was third in the 100 breaststroke at 54.95.


In diving events, women's team divers Ainsley Oliver and Samantha Pickens each picked up victories with Pickens taking the 1-meter event with a score of 305.40 while Oliver won the 3-meter with a score of 301.73.  Andres Guerra of the UA men's diving team won the 3-meter event with a score of 325.65.


Next up for the UA swimmers and divers is a trip to Austin, Texas next weekend to face SMU and Texas in dual meet action.  The two-day meet will begin at 4 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 28.


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