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Swim and Dive Complete Dual Meet Season against ASU
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 09, 2006
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This Week in the Pool ?- The sixth-ranked Arizona women’s and No. 7 men’s swimming and diving teams will complete their 2005-06 dual meet season Saturday, Feb. 11 when they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on intrastate rival ASU. Competition will begin at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.


A look at the Wildcats ?- The Wildcats completed their final home dual meet on Jan. 28 against Texas. Though the men’s and women’s teams defeated their southern rivals, both Wildcat teams recently took a hit in the CSCAA Coaches Poll. The women are currently 8-2 (4-2 Pac-10) and dropped from a No. 5 ranking to No. 6, as the men post a 4-2 (2-2 Pac-10) record, also dropping out of the top-five to No. 7.


A Look at the Opponents ?- Saturday’s competition marks the end of the dual meet season for the Sun Devils as well. The women’s squad is 3-6 (1-4 Pac-10) and recently fell to the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal 182-112. The men are currently ranked No. 23, posting an overall record of 1-5 (0-3 Pac-10).  The men’s most recent competition was also a loss to the No. 2 Cardinal 144-93.


What Happened Last Year? -  The No. 6 Wildcats closed out their 2004-05 dual-meet season defeating Arizona State 165-126. The women won a total of 10 events and posted one exhibition time that was good enough to take first-place. The No. 8 men cruised by the Sun Devils 172-118 while wining 11 total events and contributed three exhibition times that were fast enough to take first-place.


Wildcat vs. Sun Devil History: In the past six years, the Wildcats have posted a remarkable record against the Sun Devils. The women’s team remains undefeated since 2000 (6-0) and is hoping for yet another victory against ASU on Saturday. The men’s team is 4-2 against the Sun Devils, last losing to the intrastate rival in 2002 with ASU downing Arizona 171.5 - 128.5.


Arizona’s last time in the water ?- The Wildcats completed their final home dual meet of the 2005-06 season Saturday, Jan. 27-28 with victories over Texas. The women downed the No. 10 Longhorns 202-146, while the men won 195-155.


Day 1: The women won eight of 10 events beginning with the 200 free relay. The Arizona ?'A’ team composed of sophomore Courtney Cashion, senior Jenna Gresdal, senior Marshi Smith and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer finished first (1:33.20) and the Arizona ?'B’ team of freshmen Anna Turner, Taylor Baughman, Lindsey Kelly and senior Ryann Hackett finished second in a time of 1:33.76.


            Junior Whiney Myers won the 400 IM with a time of 4:20.62, while in the 100 freestyle; the Wildcats took the top-three positions. Nymeyer won the race with a time of 50.73 as Cashion and Baughman came in second (51.09) and third (51.48).


            Smith finished second in the 200 backstroke (2:03.05) and Gresdal finished third (2:03.62). In the 200 breaststroke, senior Erin Sieper finished first (2:15.65) while senior Lisa Pursley finished second in the 200 butterfly (55.68).


            In the 500 freestyle Nymeyer finished first with a time of 4:56.30 and Myers finished second (4:56.43).  For the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay team of Gresdal, Sieper, Myers and Nymeyer finished first with a time of 3:44.85.


            In the diving well for the women, senior Tiffany Manning took first place in both springboard events. She tallied 284.03 points in the 3-meter and 284.32 points in the 1-meter. Also in the 3-meter competition, junior Megan MacDonald finished fourth with 252.98 points.


            On the men’s side, the Wildcats placed first in seven of 10 events. The 200 free relay team of seniors Simon Burnett, Lyndon Ferns, sophomore Albert Subirats and junior Adam Ritter started things off by winning the race with a time of 1:20.43.


            Ritter later finished second in the 400 IM (3:56.25), while senior Dave Rollins finished third (4:00.08).  Ferns and Burnett took the top-two positions of the 100 freestyle, as Ferns won the race with a time of 43.95 and Burnett finished second (44.01).


            Sophomore Nick Thoman finished first in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:45.36 and in the 200 breaststroke, Rollins placed second (2:02.00). Ferns took his second individual victory in the 100 butterfly (47.89) and Subirats came in second-place with a time of 48.80. Sophomore Matt Biel finished second as well in the 500 freestyle (4:29.54). 


            The 400 medley relay team of Thoman, Rollins, Subirats and Ferns completed the day’s events, finishing first with a time of 3:17.20.


            Senior John Collier led the divers, as he won both springboard events. He posted 284.47 points in the 1-meter competition and 351.03 points in the 3-meter. Junior Patrick Sullivan finished second on both boards, respectively, as he tallied 271.58 points in the 1-meter and 270.30 points in the 3-meter.


 Day 2: During the second day of competition, the women won seven of nine events beginning with the 200 medley relay team composed of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who won the race with a time of 1:42.75.


The Wildcats took the top-two spots in the 200 freestyle as Nymeyer finished first (1:50.32) and junior Whitney Myers was second (1:51.24). Gresdal finished first in the 100 backstroke and senior Marshi Smith finished third (56.35) while Sieper also finished third in the 100 breaststroke.


            Myers took her first individual victory of the day in the 200 butterfly, winning with a time of 2:02.73, while Pursley finished third (2:06.56). Gresdal and sophomore Courtney Cashion took the top-two places in the 50 freestyle as Gresdal finished first with a time of (23.19) and Cashion was second (23.44).


            Myers won her second event in the 200 individual medley, finishing with a time of 2:03.43.


            Concluding dual-meet action was the 400 free relay team of Cashion, freshman Lindsey Kelly, freshman Anna Turner and Nymeyer, who swam as an exhibition heat posting a time good enough to take first-place (3:25.75).


            On the men’s side, the Wildcats won six of nine events beginning with the 200 medley relay team of sophomore Albert Subirats, seniors Dave Rollins, Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett, who won with a time of 1:28.85.


            Sophomore Matt Biel finished second in the 1650 freestyle with a time of 15:20.03 and Ferns finished second as well in the 200 freestyle (1:37.12).


            Three Arizona swimmers dominated the 100 backstroke as sophomore Nick Thoman finished first (49.25), Subirats finished second (49.33) and Burnett finished third (49.47).


            Senior Dave Rollins took his first individual win in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.20, as he later won the 200 individual medley (1:50.37) with junior Adam Ritter finishing second (1:50.42).


            Ferns finished first in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.27 and ending the events was the exhibition heat of the 400 free relay composed of Burnett, Ferns, freshman Nicolas Nilo and Subirats, who finished with a time of 2:59.89, which was good enough for first-place as well.


Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Wildcats’ next competition will be at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. The women will travel to Long Beach, Calif. On Feb. 22-25 and the men will compete in Federal Way, Wash. on March 1-4 along with both men’s and women’s diving teams.


Margo Geer P12 WOTY