March 16, 2002
The Event: The third-ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team will travel to Austin, Texas, this week for the 2002 NCAA Division I Championships. The competiton will run from Thursday, March 21 through Saturday, March 23. The 21st annual event, with over 200 competitors, will be held at the Jamail Swimming Center on the University of Texas at Austin campus. The meet with feature the nation's best swimmers and divers, including former and future Olympians.
The Facilities: The Championships will be hosted by the University of Texas and will take place at the Jamail Swimming Center in Austin, Texas.
Arizona's Participants: Beth Botsford Back Amy Bouta Sprint Free/Fly Kristen Brennan Sprint Free Artemis Daphnis Middle Distance Free/IM Claire Febvay Diving Jessica Hayes Free Julie Manitt Back/Breast Emily Mason Fly/IM Jessamyn Miller Breast Maria Papadopoulou Fly Sarah Tolar Free Jenny Vanker Sprint Free Jessica Wagner Breast Katie Zimbone Distance Free
Pac-10 Championships: The Wildcat women finished third at the 2002 Pacific-10 Conference Championships held at the Bellmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif. Arizona scored 1151.50 points to place third. Stanford took home first place at this year's Pac-10 Championships with 1320.50 points and Southern California came in second place, scoring 1197.50 points. Arizona captured four Pac-10 titles this year. Freshman Emily Mason won the Cats first title of the meet in the 500y free. Mason touched the wall at 4:38.79, marking a new Arizona school record. On the second day the Cats brought home the 800y free relay title. The relay team was made up of freshman Jessica Hayes, Mason, and senior All-Americans Katie Zimbone and Sarah Tolar. Arizona set a new meet record in the 800y free relay at 7:10.14. On the third and final day of competiton the Wildcats grabbed two first place finishes in the 100y free and the 400y free relay. Tolar won the 100y free in a time of 49.32. The win in the 400y free relay marked the second year in a row that an Arizona team won the event. The relay team consisted of senior All-American Jenny Vanker, Tolar, Zimbone and sophomore Kristen Brennan and touched the wall at 3:17.91.
Ariozna's NCAA Media Information: For information regarding the NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships, contact Sarah Fahey in the Arizona Media Relations Office (520) 621-4163. The Arizona Media Relations Office will release a story upon the completion of the competition each day and will email it to the local Tucson media. Those interested in obtaining complete results and the story themselves may do so at www.arizonaathletics.com.
Rankings: The women enter the meet ranked third in the latest edition of the College Swim Coaches Association of America Top 25 Dual Meet Poll.
Cats in Cyberspace: For the latest news, notes and results on not only the swimming and diving squads, but also the other 17 intercollegiate sports that the UA has to offer, log on to the official athletic website of the University of Arizona... http://www.arizonaathletics.com