Jan. 29, 2010
TUCSON, Ariz. – Through day one events, both the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams lead their Texas counterparts. The women hold a lead of 107-79 over the Longhorns while the men’s side is a bit closer with the UA taking a 97-89 advantage into day two tomorrow.
The Cats opened the meet by taking both 200 free relay events. The women’s team of Justine Schluntz, Leo Vorster, Emma Darlington and Ana Agy won with a time of 1:31.50. The UA men’s relay team of Jordan Smith, Adam Small, Rob Iddiols and Craig Jordens also topped the Longhorns in the 200 free relay with a time of 1:20.60.
In event four, the Arizona men’s individual medley showed off its tremendous depth by sweeping the top four positions. Jack Brown won the race with a time of 3:54.55. Brown was followed by Clark Burckle, Cory Chitwood and Austen Thompson, who finished second, third and fourth, respectively.
In the women’s 100 free, Justine Schluntz out-raced Texas’ Karlee Bispo with a time of 49.89 to win the event. Andrea Boritzke, Vorster and Darlington finished third, fourth and fifth in the 100 freestyle.
The UA women took the top six spots in the 200 backstroke with Agy winning the race in 1:57.81. She followed by Jenny Forster, Hannah Ross, Caitlin Iversen, Boritzke and Erin Campbell who all placed ahead of Texas backstrokers.
Agy took home her second individual win in the 100 fly with a time of 53.87, outpacing Texas’ Kathleen Hersey in rout to the victory.
In the 200 breast, Burckle claimed the event with a time of 2:00.23. Burckle was accompanied by freshman Carl Mickelson and Brown who placed second and third.
Ben Grado won the men’s one-meter diving event and finished second in the three-meter to boost the men’s point total. Andy Guerra placed fourth as well in the three-meter event. In women’s diving, Ainsley Oliver was third in the three-meter and fourth in the one-meter.
To close day one of the dual meet, the Wildcat men’s and women’s 400 medley relay teams took home both titles. The men’s race was especially captivating with Burckle opening a lead for UA in the breaststroke, only to see UT’s Ricky Berens race back to catch A.J. Tipton in the butterfly. But a tremendous final wall from Smith over Jimmy Feigen in the freestyle boosted the men’s team to the win.
Day two events will begin with the 200 medley relay starting at Noon tomorrow.