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Several Swimmers Shine For UA in Austin
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 28, 2011
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Jan. 28, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas – At the half way point of its dual meet with Texas and the SMU men in Austin, the University of Arizona men lead SMU, 126 - 57 and trail the Texas men, 117.50 - 67.50.  The UA women currently trail the UT women, 119 - 67.

Arizona began the day with its men’s 200 free relay team of Adam Small, Kelley Wyman, Mitchell Friedemann and Craig Jordens winning the race in 1:19.89. The Wildcats currently own the nation’s fastest cut time in the event of 1:17.66, set during its previous trip to Austin.

Alyssa Anderson continued her excellent dual-meet swimming by winning the women’s 400 yard I.M. event with a time of 4:12.24.  That mark was actually better than her previous season best of 4:12.89, also swam in UT’s pool.

Later in the 500 free, Anderson caught Texas’ Leah Gingrich at the final wall and passed her down the final 25 yards to win the race in 4:46.30.  Anderson split a 26.19 over the final 25 yards in comparison to Gingrich’s 27.33.

UA’s Margo Geer was second in the women’s 100 free with a time of 49.52. The Longhorns’ Karlee Bispo won in 49.24.  Earlier in the day, Geer led off the women’s 200 free relay which finished runner-up to UT and was comprised of Kait Flederbach, Aubrey Peacock and Grace Finnegan to join Geer and complete the freshmen foursome.

Also picking up where she left off last weekend was Hannah Ross who won the women’s 200 backstroke event in 1:57.27, topping four Texas swimmers in the process. 

For the men’s 200 backstroke, Cory Chitwood took home “his” event in 1:45.29.  Chitwood, the reigning NCAA champ in the event, has not been beaten in that event all season long as he looks to make it back-to-back NCAA wins later this year.  Not far behind Chitwood was freshman Michael Sheppard who placed third in 1:46.27.

Former Arizona breaststroker and current SMU Mustang Tom Cole continues to impress, winning the men’s 200 breaststroke over a closely contested field of Wildcat and Longhorn swimmers.  UA’s Kevin Munsch finished tied for second with a time of 1:58.66. Six swimmers in the field were listed amongst the nation’s fastest eleven 200 breaststroke swimmers.

Dana Christ was third in the 100 fly with a time of 55.13 followed by Hallie Stupp in fourth in the event in 56.07.  In a very close men’s 100 fly, Texas’ Woody Joye beat out teammate Neil Caskey and Arizona’s A.J. Tipton and Jordens for the win in 48.42. 

In diving action, freshman Samantha Pickens finished runner-up in the women’s 1-meter event with an overall score of 290.10.  Ainsley Oliver was fourth with a 266.65 while Ashley Herrera and Alexa Wollach were sixth and ninth, respectively.

On the men’s diving side, Andres Guerra finished fourth in the 1-m with a total score of 271.90. Texas’ Drew Livingston won the event with a 364.35

To close the day, the UA women finished second in the 400 medley relay with the team of Ross, Ellen Baumgardner, Christ and Geer recording a time of 3:40.44. 

In the men’s 400 medley relay, the UA “B” team of Mitchell Friedemann, Munsch, Jordens and Cam Owen finished to Texas in 3:15.70.

Tomorrow, the dual meet will resume with the following events beginning at noon CST:
1650 free, 200 medley relay, 200 free, 100 back, 100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 200 I.M., 400 free relay and 3-meter diving.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY