This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 4 Arizona women’s swim team is set to compete at the 2007 NCAA Championships on March 8-10 at the
A Look at the Wildcats ?- The Wildcats will feature 19 swimmers at this year’s national championships, which posts the largest NCAA squad Arizona has ever qualified to compete for a chance to bring home the first national team title in the history of the program.
The women are currently ranked No. 4 with an 8-2 (4-2 Pac-10) record, posting only two losses to No. 1 Stanford and third-ranked
Unbelievable Underclassmen ?- A total of seven freshmen and eight sophomores dominate this year’s NCAA women’s team, along with four upperclassmen to help lead the Wildcats.
Who’s qualified for NCAAs -
Fr. Ana Agy, So. Taylor Baughman*, Fr. Andrea Boritzke, Fr. Annie Chandler, Jr. Brandy Collins, Jr. Jacquelyn Craft*, So. Hailey DeGolia*, So. Jessica Embick*, Fr. Jenny Forster, Fr. Caitlin Iversen, So. Lara Jackson*, So. Lindsey Kelly*, Sr. Whitney Myers*, Jr. Lacey Nymeyer*, So. Justine Schluntz, So. Kathryn Thompson*, So. Anna Turner*, Fr. Leone Vorster, Fr. Joni Zimmerman.
* - Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor.
2007 Pac-10 Champions ?-
At last year’s championships, the women won the meet with a total of seven titles, including four individual and three relay, however this year one individual victory and one relay victory was enough to capture the Pac-10 crown.
The victory was the third Pac-10 Championship title for the women in school history, as they won in 2000, 2006 and 2007.
“It took us all the way to the last day of competition, but we took the lead,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “I’m very happy for the girls and proud of their hard work. It was a tough four days, but they were so determined and that is what really made the difference in this meet.”
On the first full day of competition, sophomore Lara Jackson posted the first and only individual title for the Wildcats in the 50 free. Jackson tied with Cal’s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson’s own school record as well.
The 200 free relay team of Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner and Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.
A look at the competition: The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them this week, taking on the best teams in the nation, as a total of 307 athletes from 57 institutions are qualified to compete at the Championships. The top-teams to defeat are the defending national Champions,
What Happened Last Year - The
Seven different Wildcats broke a total of 18 records over the course of the three-day meet including nine school, five pool, two U.S Open and two NCAA.
Past NCAA Championships:
Year Place Points
2006 3 rd 415
2005 3rd 440
2004 3rd 369
2003 9th 209
2002 5th 291
2001 5th 304
2000 2nd 472
1999 4th 332
1998 2nd 378
1997 4th 351.5
1996 6th 251
1995 5th 250
1994 10th 151
1993 6th 250
1992 5th 272
1991 7th 163