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Arizona Divers to Compete at Zone ?E? Diving Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 09, 2005
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This Week in the Pool ?- The men’s and women’s diving teams will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to compete at the 2005 Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships on March 10-12, hoping to join the 23 Arizona swimmers already attending the national championships.


Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships ?- The top-three finishers on both the 1-mteter and 3-meter springboard, along with the top-two finishers on platform will automatically qualify to compete at the NCAA Championships. If any of the divers finish in one of these positions, they will join the swimmers at their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships


A Look at the Wildcats ?- For the women, senior captains Claire Febvay and Daniela Bemme will lead the Wildcats to qualify for NCAAs. Febvay competed at the 2004 Olympic Games for France and Bemme is a returning First Team All-American for the 10-meter platform as she finished sixth in finals with 423.15 points at last year’s NCAA Championships. Junior John Collier is predicted to make a splash at this year’s diving championships. Collier finished fourth in the 3-meter competition at the Pac-10 Championships and seventh in the 1-meter



What Happened Last Year ?- At the 2004 Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships, two Arizona women advanced to the national championships to compete on all three boards. Mary Yarrison won the 3-meter, finished second in the platform competition and placed third in the 1-meter. Bemme also qualified for NCAAs as she placed third in the platform competition. For the men, Josh Anderson was the only diver to qualify for nationals by winning the platform competition and finishing second on both springboard events.


Men at Pac 10-Championships ?- The men’s swim team completed the Pac-10 Championships last week in Long Beach, Calif. in fourth place with 450 points.

            While the Wildcats did not post any individual conference champions, there were many notable performances from each athlete. Junior Lyndon Ferns finished second in the 100-yard butterfly with a time of 46.30 and took fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle with
a time of 43.06. Freshman Gerhard Zandberg swam in two relay races, which qualified him to join his teammates at the NCAA Championships. Junior Tyler DeBerry finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:15.39, placed seventh in the 500-yard freestyle (4:23.80) and
ninth (1:37.37) in the 200-yard freestyle. Junior Simon Burnett finished third in the 200-yard freestyle with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:34.70 and sixth in the 50-yard freestyle (19.84)

Who’s Qualified for NCAA’s ?- The men will return seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships on March 24-26, and have 12 swimmers qualified to compete.

Name                                       Event(s)
Ivan Barnes                        100 breast/ 200 breast
Simon Burnett                        50 free/ 100 free/ 200 free *
Tyler DeBerry                        200 free/ 500 free/ 1650 free *
Lyndon Ferns                        50 free/ 100 free/ 100 fly *
Byron Jeffers                        100 free/ 200 free/ 200 IM *
Jonas Persson                        100 free/ 200 free
Adam Ritter                        200 IM/ 100 free/ 200 free *
Dave Rollins                        100 breast/ 200 breast/ 200 IM *
Nate Stevens                        100 breast/ 200 breast*
Albert Subirats                        100 free/ 100 fly
Nick Thoman                        100 back/ 200 back
Gerhard Zandberg                        400 free relay/ 400 medley relay

* Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor and 2004 First Team All-American

Women at the Pac-10 Championships ?- The women’s team completed competition at the Pac-10 Championships on February 26, in Seattle, Wash. as they finished second with 1,237 points, a total of four conference titles and posted a new meet record.

2005 Pac-10 Champions - Senior Emily Mason took the first Pac-10 title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.21. Junior Jenna Gresdal, senior Jessica Hayes, junior Marshi Smith and freshman Courtney Cashion took the second title for the Wildcats in the 200-yard free relay, setting a new Pac-10 meet record with a time of 1:30.07. Cal set the previous record in 2002 with a time of 1:30.47. Smith is also the co-Pac-10 champion in the 100-yard backstroke as she tied with freshman Katie Arnold from UCLA with a time of 53.22. For the fourth and final conference title, the 400-yard free relay team composed of junior Ryann Hackett, Cashion, Gresdal and freshman Lacey Nymeyer won with a time of 3:18.01.


Who’s Qualified for NCAA’s - The women are currently returning seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships on March 17-19, and have 11 total swimmers qualified to compete.

Name                           Event(s)

Courtney Cashion      200 free/ 100 free/ 50 free

Jenna Gresdal *                  50 free/ 100 free/ 100 back

Ryann Hackett *                  400 free relay

Jessica Hayes *                  200 free/ 100 back/ 200 back

Emily Mason *                  500 free/ 400 IM/ 200 fly

Whitney Myers *                 200 IM/ 100 fly/ 200 fly

Lacey Nymeyer                  50 free/ 200 free/ 100 free

Lisa Pursley                  100 fly/ 200 fly

Erin Sieper *                  100 breast/ 200 breast

Marshi Smith *                  50 free/ 100 back/ 200 back

Emily Strouse                  400 IM


* Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor and 2004 First Team All-American.

Arizona’s Next Action ?- The women’s swimming and diving team will travel to West Lafayette, Ind. on March 17-19 to compete at the 2005 NCAA Championships.



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