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Release: 03/14/2004
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March 14, 2004

This Week in the Pool - The No. 6 Arizona women's swimming and diving team will travel to College Station, Texas, to compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships on March 18-20. The action takes place at the Student Recreation Center Natatorium and will bring the best in college swimming under one roof to compete for the national championship. Preliminaries begin at 11 a.m. (CST) each day and finals will start at 7 p.m. (CST)

Who's Qualified? - The Wildcats will bring nine swimmers and two divers to the NCAA Championships. The eleven athletes will be participating in 26 individual events, five relays and three diving events.

Name/ Event(s)
Whitney Myers/ 200 IM/100 fly/200 fly
Erin Sieper/ 100 and 200 breast
Marshi Smith/ 100 back/50 and 100 free
Jessica Wagner/ 100 and 200 breast
Jenna Gresdal/ 50 free/100 and 200 back
Ryann Hackett/ 100 back/50 and 100 free
Jessica Hayes/ 200 free/100 and 200 back
Melissa Johnson/ 500, 200, and 1650 free
Emily Mason/ 500 free/400 IM/200 fly
Mary Yarrison/ 1-meter/3-meter/platform
Daniela Bemme/ 10-meter platform

Last Dip in the Water - The Arizona women's swimming and diving team competed at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach. The Wildcats finished in third place with a total of 1,221.5 points. The Arizona men's and women's diving teams traveled to Federal Way, Wash., to compete in the Pac-10 Diving Championships.

After the first night of competition, the 200-yard medley relay team of sophomore Jenna Gresdal, senior Jessica Wagner, sophomore Lisa Pursley and sophomore Marshi Smith finished second, posting an NCAA consideration time of 1:40.49. The 800-yard freestyle relay team of sophomore Katie Willis, junior Jessica Hayes, junior Emily Mason and freshman Melissa Johnson posted the second NCAA consideration time, taking third place with a time of 7:15.51.

In the second day of competition, the Wildcats maintained the third place position with a total of 398 team points after six swimming events and 3-meter diving.

Junior Emily Mason took second place in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:40.02, automatically qualifying for the NCAA Championships in March. For the second event of the evening, freshman Whitney Myers posted

an NCAA consideration time in the 200-yard individual medley (2:02.03). In the 50-yard freestyle, sophomores Marshi Smith and Jenna Gresdal placed fourth and fifth, respectively with both finishing with NCAA consideration times. Posting the best time of the season in the 200-yard freestyle relay, Smith, Gresdal, junior Jessica Hayes and sophomore Ryann Hackett finished second with an NCAA consideration time of 1:31.39.

After three days of competition at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, the Arizona women stayed in third place with 821 points. Freshman Mary Yarrison took second place in the 1-meter diving competition with a personal-best score of 289.20.

In the 400-yard individual medley, junior Emily Mason finished second, posting an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 4:09.53. Junior Jessica Hayes placed fifth in the 200-yard freestyle (1:47.75), posting an NCAA consideration time.

Senior Jessica Wagner finished third in the 100-yard breaststroke with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:01.80, and sophomore Erin Sieper finished sixth with an NCAA consideration time of 1:02.70.

In the 100-yard backstroke three Arizona swimmers posted NCAA consideration times. Smith took third place (54.55), Hayes was fifth (55.13), and Hackett finished eighth (55.76). The 400-yard medley relay team of Hayes, Wagner, Myers, and Smith earned third-place honors, posting an NCAA consideration time of 3:39.36.

For the men's Pac-10 diving competition, senior Josh Anderson finished fourth with 552.15 points, and sophomore John Collier was sixth with 521 points.

Hayes took home the Pac-10 title in the 200-yard backstroke with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:56.41.

In the platform diving competition for the Wildcats, Yarrison finished in third place with 377.30 points and senior Daniela Bemme was not far behind, finishing fourth with 371.05 points.

Freshman Melissa Johnson posted the first NCAA consideration time of the evening in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 16:45.59. In the 100-yard freestyle, sophomores Smith, Hackett, and freshman Kathryn Elofson finished with consolation final honors, each earning an NCAA consideration time.

In the 200-yard breaststroke, sophomore Erin Sieper and Wagner tallied two more NCAA consideration times, finishing fourth (2:15.58), and fifth (2:15.64), respectively. Myers finished fourth in the 200-yard butterfly (1:56.37), and Mason finished sixth (1:56.81), as both swimmers posted NCAA automatic qualifying times in an extremely fast championship heat.

To end the meet, the 400-yard freestyle relay team of Hayes, Smith, freshman Lauren Preyss, and Hackett finished fourth with an NCAA consideration time of 3:21.07.

For the men's platform diving competition in Federal Way, Wash., senior Josh Anderson finished fourth with a total of 450.85 points.

What's up in the Well? - The Arizona men's and women's diving teams completed the 2004 Zone E Diving Championships in Oklahoma City, Okla., qualifying three divers for the NCAA championships. Freshman Mary Yarrison qualified for all three diving events by winning the 3-meter competition, finishing second on the platform and third on the 1-meter board. Senior Daniela Bemme finished third on the 10-meter platform, automatically qualifying for NCAAs.

Senior Josh Anderson was the only male diver to qualify for the NCAA Championships. Anderson won the 10-meter platform competition and placed second on both the 1-and 3-meter boards, which gives him an automatic bid to the NCAA Championships next week.

Arizona Men's Qualifiers - The Arizona men's swimming and diving team will bring eleven swimmers and one diver to the NCAA Championships on March 25-27 in Long Island, N.Y. The 12 athletes will participate in 28 individual events, five relays and three diving events.

Name/ Event(s)
Simon Burnett/ 100 and 200 free
Tyler DeBerry/ 200, 500, and 1650 free
Lyndon Ferns/ 50 and 100 free/100 fly
Eric La Fleur/ 50 and 100 free
Greg Owen/ 100 and 200 breast
Luis Rojas/ 50 and 100 free/100 fly
Dave Rollins/ 200 IM/100 and 200 breast
Juan Veloz/ 200 and 400 IM/200 fly
Byron Jeffers/ 200 IM/100 and 200 free
Adam Ritter/ 100 and 200 free
Nate Stevens/ 100 and 200 breast
Josh Anderson/ 1-meter/3-meter/platform

Head Coach Frank Busch - Head coach Frank Busch is in his 15th year at the helm of the UA swimming and diving program. Busch has transformed University of Arizona swimming into one of the nation's most powerful programs. Busch has been named Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year three times, Pac-10 Men's Coach of the Year two times, and he earned NCAA Division I-A Coach of the Year honors in 1993.

Head Diving Coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha - Head coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha is in her eighth year with the Wildcat diving program. Mitchell-Rocha is a four-time recipient of the men's Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year.

Arizona's Next Action - The Arizona men's swimming and diving team will travel to Long Island, NY. on March 25-27 to compete in the 2004 NCAA Championships.

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