Oct. 25, 2012
TUCSON, Ariz. – Following a victory over Hawaii in the season opener last weekend, the Arizona women’s swimming team will open Pac-12 competition against Washington State on Friday at the Hillenbrand Aquatics Center. Friday’s action will kick off at 2 p.m. and admission is free.
The men and women will then travel to Las Vegas on Saturday to face UNLV and Denver at 2 p.m. at the Buchanan Natatorium.
After placing first in several events last weekend, Margo Geer currently has the top time in the country in the 100 freestyle at 48.88, while her 50 freestyle time of 22.75 ranks second nationally.
Lauren Smart, Bonnie Brandon, and Emma Schoettmer also have top ten times in the country. Smart’s time of 54.96 in the 100 back ranks 9th in the country and 4th in the Pac-12. Brandon ranks 4th in the Pac-12 and 9th in the country in the 200 back with her time of 1:58.34, and Schoettmer stands 5th in the Pac-12 and 8th nationally with her 2:13.58 swim in the 200 breast.
This meet marks the first dual meet between the two schools in either program’s history. Washington State does not have a dive team, so the women divers will wait until Saturday to resume competition.
About Washington State:
Washington State defeated Seattle U earlier this week, 179-83. Junior Cougar Kelly Tannhauser was the leading scorer, contributing 27 points to their win. The Cougars return four seniors who hold eight spots on Washington State’s all-time top-ten list.
The UNLV women’s team came up short in their season opener against San Diego State, 146-143. The Rebels had first place finishes in five events: the 50 free, the 200 breast, the 100 fly, the 200 IM, the 400 free relay, and the 1m dive.
Denver opened their season with a 181-117 victory over Colorado State. Sophomores Samantha Corea and Bridgette McNally led the way, each recording two individual first-place finishes. Corea also recorded two first place finishes as a relay member, and for her efforts was named WAC Swimmer of the Week.
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