This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 4 Arizona women’s swim team will travel to Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 14-17 to compete in the 2007 Pac-10 Championships hosted by Stanford. Preliminary action will begin each day at 11 a.m. (PST) with finals begining at 6 p.m.
The Divers at Pac-10s ?- The men’s and women’s diving teams competed in the conference championships last weekend, hosted by USC, in
In the well for the women, senior Megan MacDonald placed in two events, including the 10-meter platform, where she finished fifth (232.35), and in the 1-meter where she finished eighth (233.85 points). Sophomore Allison Scaife also finished in the top-eight of two events beginning with the 3-meter, where she placed eighth with (242.50 points) and in the platform, where she again finished eighth, respectively (201.75 points).
All point totals will be added to the women’s and the men’s respective Championships to determine the Pac-10 Conference Champion.
A Look at the Wildcats ?- The women are currently ranked No. 4 with an 8-2 (4-2 Pac-10) record, posting only two losses to No. 1 Stanford and third-ranked
The Wildcats return several Pac-10 champions from a 2006 squad, including senior Whitney Myers who took the title in the 400 IM with a time of 4:14.18 last year. Myers is a two-time NCAA individual champion in the 200 and 400 IM, as she currently holds the top fastest times in the nation in the 200 IM (1:55.92) and the 100 fly (51.55).
Junior Lacey Nymeyer anchored both the 200 and 400 free relays that won at last year’s championships. Nymeyer was a six-time first team All-American in 2006, anchoring all three of the first-place NCAA Championship relays for Arizona and is currently ranked first in the nation in the 200 free (1:44.38).
Sophomore Taylor Baughman is another returnee that will be competing at the championships, as she swam the third leg of the first-place 400 free relay last year. Classmate Lara Jackson swam the third leg of the first-place 200 medley relay. Sophomore Anna Turner contributed to two Pac-10 titles last year and was part of the NCAA 200 free relay championship team who set a new NCAA record last March.
Pac-10 Schools in the National Rankings: Five Pac-10 schools are in the Top-25 national rankings according to the
College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA) proving that the Pac-10 has some of the strongest competition in the country.
The past 10 years of Pac-10 Championships:
2006 1st place 1,325.5 points
What Happened Last Year ?- On Feb. 22-25, 2006 the women competed at the Pac-10 Championships as they captured their second conference title in school history. The Wildcats tallied a total of four individual champions, three relay champions and 17 NCAA automatic qualifying times.
The Wildcats had been in the lead since day one of the championships, downing two of the top teams in the nation, Cal and Stanford, posting the best finish at the meet since 2000
Coach Busch was also named the Pac-10 Swimming Coach of the Year for the sixth time in his career, as Whitney Myers was honored as the Pac-10 Swimmer of the Year.
2006 Pac-10 Champions
Whitney Myers 400 IM 4:14.18
Jenna Gresdal 100 back 53.05
Courtney Cashion 100 free 48.59
Tiffany Manning platform 296.85
Marshi Smith 200 medley relay 1:39.60
Courtney Cashion 200 free relay 1:30.22
Courtney Cashion 400 free relay 3:16.60
2006 TEAM RESULTS
Place School Points
2. UCLA 1246.5
3. Stanford 1227.0
4. USC 1162.5
6. ASU 670.5
Last Time in the Water ?- The No. 5 men’s and the women’s teams completed the final dual meet competition of the 2006-07 season on Feb. 3, as the women defeated No. 23 ASU 174-114 and the men posted a 178-95 victory against the No. 21 Sun Devils. The women’s team (8-2, 4-2 Pac-10) won 11 of 16 events, while the men (6-3, 3-2 Pac-10) won 11 of 16 events as well.
“This was a very good (dual meet) season,” head coach Frank Busch said. “It’s always nice to beat ASU, but now I’m really looking forward to the next couple of months. We are in a typical place for this time of year where nothing comes easy for us. The only way to change that is to rest and get polished up for the Pac-10 and NCAA Championships.”
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