Feb. 27, 2009
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – After three days of Pac-10 Championship competition, Arizona trails California by 53 points heading into the final day at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center.
In the women’s 400 individual medley, the Cats placed five swimmers in the top 10 including Julie Stupp who finished fourth overall with a time of 4:08.33. Trailing Stupp was Jenny Forster and Carley Beaudreau with times of 4:11.37 and 4:13.04, respectively.
Following the 400 IM, Ana Agy and Lara Jackson each placed in the top eight of the 100 fly event. Agy finished sixth with an NCAA auto qualifying time of 51.79 while Jackson placed seventh with a time of 52.10.
In the 200 freestyle, Justine Schluntz finished eighth for Arizona with a time of 1:47.09.
Arizona’s lead, which had ballooned to nearly 100 points, was eclipsed by the Golden Bears following the 200 freestyle—an event where Cal had six point scorers including the winner and runner-up.
Agy would follow up her performance in the 100 fly with an NCAA auto qualifying time in the 100 backstroke, winning the race in 51.65. Andrea Boritzke finished fourth for Arizona with a time of 52.89.
In the prelims of the women’s 3 meter dive, Ainsley Oliver placed 14th overall with a score of 215.65. She would not advance onto the finals.
Ben Grado placed runner-up today in the Men’s Diving Championships. Grado finished with an overall score of 363.50, just behind champion Harrison Jones’ 417.60.
Arizona placed second in the final event of Friday night, the 400 medley relay, with the team of Agy, Annie Chandler, Jackson and Schluntz finishing with a time of 3:31.78. USC beat out the Wildcats by three hundredths of a second when Olympian Rebecca Soni established a lead in which the Trojans would not relinquish. Schluntz tried to reel USC’s Rachael Waller in, but Waller held on for the win.
Tomorrow Arizona will look to overtake Cal in the standing to win its fourth consecutive conference title. Events on tap for tomorrow include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and platform diving before capping the week off with the 400 freestyle relay.