Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Blow Sun Devils out of the Water
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 14, 2004
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Feb. 14, 2004

Tempe, Ariz.- The Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving teams closed out their regular seasons this afternoon with a pair of victories against Arizona State. The No. 8 Wildcat men defeated No. 15 ASU 169.50-128.50 while the No. 7 Arizona women's team cruised by the Sun Devils 170-130.

The Wildcat women won the first six events of the meet beginning with the 200-meter medley relay composed of sophomore Jenna Gresdal, senior Jessica Wagner, freshman Whitney Myers, and freshman Kathryn Elofson with a time of 1:54.68. Junior Emily Mason took first place in three events starting with the 800-meter freestyle (8:42.75) and later in the 200-meter butterfly (2:14.15) as well as the 400-meter butterfly (4:16.79).

Junior Jessica Hayes placed first in the 200-meter freestyle (2:01.17) and also in the 200-meter backstroke posting an 'A' standard qualifying time for the NCAA Championships (2:10.51). Senior Jessica Wagner took first place in the 100-meter breaststroke posting an 'A' standard time of 1:09.00. Gresdal won the 100-meter backstroke (1:02.44) posting a 'B' standard time. Whitney Myers won the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:02.61.

For the women's diving team, senior Daniela Bemme took second place on the 1-meter board with 273 points while freshman Mary Yarrison was third with 264 points. On the 3-meter board, senior Jennifer Hess placed third with a total of 2:59.13 points.

The Arizona men took first place in 11 events against the Sun Devils. The 200-meter medley team of sophomore Dave Rollins, senior Greg Owen, senior Daniel Wimer, and senior Eric La Fleur won with an 'A' standard time of 1:40.07.

Sophomore Lyndon Ferns conquered the freestyle events as he won the 200-meter (1:49.73) the 50-meter (22:49) and the 100-meter (49.59) freestyle races. Sophomore Tyler DeBerry was first in the 800-meter freestyle (8:13.11) and Dave Rollins was first in the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.20).

Senior Greg Owen took first place in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.78) and also in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:13.77) posting a 'B' standard time in both events. Senior Juan Veloz won the 200-meter butterfly (1:57.79) and the 100-meter butterfly as well (54.92).

To conclude the final dual-meet of the season, Ferns, senior Eric La Fleur, freshman Adam Ritter, and junior Byron Jeffers won the 400-meter freestyle relay with an 'A' standard time of 3:20.76.

In the 1-meter diving competition for the men, sophomore John Collier, senior Alex Vollelunga, and senior Josh Anderson took the third, fourth and fifth places earning six points for the Wildcats collectively. On the 3-meter board, Anderson placed second with 328.50 individual points.

The Wildcats' next action is the Pac-10 Championships. The women's swimming Championships are February 25-28 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. The men's and women's diving Championships are February 26-28 as well in Federal Way, Wash. The men's swimming championships are March 3-6 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY