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Wildcats Host Top-Ranked Cal and Stanford
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 19, 2005
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This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 5 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team and the No. 4 women’s team will host the California Golden Bears on Fri., Jan. 21 followed by the Stanford Cardinal on Jan. 22. Competition will begin at 2 p.m. (MST) on Friday and at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.


A Look at the Wildcats - The Men’s team is ranked No. 5 with a 4-1 overall record (1-1 Pac-10). The women are ranked No.4 maintaining an undefeated record of 6-0 (4-0 Pac-10).

A Look at the Opponents- The Stanford men’s team is currently ranked No. 1 with a 3-0 overall record (0-0 Pac-10) The Cardinal recently defeated Pacific 144-107 in last week’s dual-meet competition. The women’s team is ranked eighth with a 2-1 overall record (0-0 Pac-10). The Lady-Cardinal defeated Pacific 159-96 winning 13-14 events.

            The Cal men’s team is currently ranked No. 4 with a 6-0 overall record (0-0 Pac-10). The women are ranked No. 7 and post an undefeated record of 5-0 overall (2-0 Pac-10). The women’s last competition was at the Georgia Invitational on Dec. 3-5 where the Golden Bears placed second behind No. 1 Georgia.

 Last Time in the Water ?- After trailing No. 15 Northwestern by 36-points in the first half of double-dual meet competition, the No. 4 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team posted a 176-165 victory over the Wildcats and an impressive 263-67 win over the Washington Huskies on Jan. 15. The No. 4 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team also posted two victories as they defeated Northwestern 189.5 - 151.5 and Washington 200-138.


            The men won the first-five events beginning with the 200y medley relay. A team of junior Dave Rollins, freshman Ivan Barnes, juniors Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett won the race with a time of 1:31.22.  Junior Tyler DeBerry won the 1650y freestyle with a time of 15:46.57 and freshman Matt Biel finished second (15:52.51).  A close race in the

200y freestyle resulted in Ferns winning the race, beating Northwestern’s Matt Grevers with a time of

1:38.68.  Barnes won the 100y breaststroke (55.71) and senior Nate Stevens came in second (57.00).


Freshman Nick Thoman finished first in the 200y butterfly with a time of 1:52.99 and was second in the 100y backstroke (50.13).  Ferns took second place in the 50y freestyle (20.13) and Burnett was third (20.90). Rollins finished first in the 200y individual medley with a time of 1:52.70 and Barnes was third (1:53.95). The 400y free relay team of Ferns, Burnett, senior Byron Jeffers and freshman Jonas Persson finished second with a time of 3:00.00.


            “I am really happy for the men’s team,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “Yesterday was a wake-up call for them. They came here today and did what they needed to perform at the highest level.”


            Junior John Collier was the single male competitor from the men’s squad as he placed first in both the 1 and 3-meter events. Collier tallied 342.67 points on the 1-meter and 329.02 on the 3-meter.


 “John (Collier) had good quality scores for this meet,” said Head Diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha,  “He was consistent and that is what it will take at the NCAA Championships.”



            The women’s 200y medley relay team of junior Jenna Gresdal, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Lacey Nymeyer took first-place with a time of 1:43.16. Five women swam exhibition races with their final times beating the actual winner of the event beginning with senior Emily Mason who swam the 1000y freestyle in a time of 10:12.38, which beat the first-place time of 10:21.44. Nymeyer swam the 200y freestyle (1:50.71), Sieper swam the 100y breaststroke (1:03.76), junior Marshi Smith swam the 100y backstroke (56.67) and Mason also swam the 200y individual medley (2:05.02). Gresdal finished first in the 50y freestyle with a time of 23.21 and the 400y free relay team of Gresdal, Sieper, Myers and Nymeyer finished third (3:31.17).


On the diving boards for the women, senior Daniela Bemme finished first on the 1-meter with 254.85 points, senior Claire Febvay was second (250.95 pts.) and sophomore Kirissa Cline was third (238.49 pts.). Bemme placed second on the 3-meter with 253.35 points while Febvay was third (249.00 pts.) said Mitchell-Rocha, “we did very well for this time of year. The women did just as I expected on the 1-meter board and were a lot stronger on the 3-meter.”



According To Head Swimming Coach Frank Busch: “All of the teams competing this weekend are outstanding; we will have to be very competitive. There will be two days of Wildcats competing at the highest level for this time of the season.”

Recruits for 2005-06 ?- Six athletes have signed letters of intent with the Arizona swim team for the 2005-06 season. Justine Schluntz, from Albuquerque, NM., will swim distance freestyle events and the 400 individual medley. Taylor Baughman, from Carmel, Ind., and Lindsey Kelly, from Lake Forrest, Ill., are strong contenders in the sprint freestyle events. Anna Turner, from Ft. Collins, Colo., will be competitive in the sprint freestyle and a backstroke events and Kathryn Thompson, from Roseburg, Ore., will also swim backstroke and freestyle. The one male swimmer to sign with Arizona, Matt Barnard from Tucson, Ariz., will swim sprint freestyle events.

Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Wildcats will travel to Austin, Texas on Jan 28-29 to compete against the Longhorns in a two-day meet beginning at 6 p.m. (CST) Friday and 11 a.m. on Saturday.

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