Jan. 31, 2004
Tucson, Ariz.- The No. 6 Arizona women's swimming and diving team defeated No. 5 Texas 194-156 Saturday after two days of competition with the Longhorns. The No. 7 Arizona men fell to the No. 2 Texas men's team 174-164.
Junior Emily Mason swam her way to victory in the 1650-yard freestyle (16:46.83) and taking third place was freshman Melissa Johnson (17:27.67). Junior Jessica Hayes was first in the 200-yard freestyle (1:50.58) and sophomore Katie Willis was not far behind in second place (1:51.25).
On the boards for he women, senior Daniela Bemme won the 1-meter competition with 276.37 points. Freshman Mary Yarrison won the 3-meter diving with 305.70 points and Bemme placed second with 275.48 points.
The men's swimming and diving team trailed Texas by 50 points starting today's competition. While the Wildcats made a comeback, they were unable to pull out a victory. Sophomore Tyler DeBerry was the winner of the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:48.53.
Sophomores Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett swam neck-and-neck in the 200-yard freestyle where Ferns placed first (1:39.22) and Burnett placed second (1:39.25). Ferns also won the 50-yard freestyle, where he is currently ranked No. 1 in the NCAA, in a time of 20.32.
Sophomore Dave Rollins won the 100-yard breaststroke (57.11) as well as the 200-yard Individual Medley (1:52.69). Senior Juan Veloz was first in the 200-yard butterfly in a time of 1:48.97. To end the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Ferns, senior Eric La Fleur, Burnett, and freshman Adam Ritter won in a time of 3:00.10.
For the men's diving team, senior Alex Vollelunga took second place in the 1-meter diving competition with 289.50 points. In the 3-meter diving competition, senior Josh Anderson was first (347.17) and teammate John Collier was second (298.42).
The Wildcats resume competition on Staurday, Feb. 14 when they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils at 1 p.m. (MST).