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Wildcats Compete at 2007 Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 13, 2007
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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 Seattle, Wash. Both had notable performances during their portion of the Pac-10 Championships, as freshman Michael Guilfoil finished fifth in the 10-meter platform competition with 241.75 points. Redshirt junior Matt Bisordi also scored for the men’s team, finishing seventh in the 3-meter with 310.05 points.


                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 California.


                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.


Rank      School
1           Stanford  

3            California
4            Arizona

14         USC

16          UCLA

17         ASU




Arizona at Pac-10’s History ?- The Wildcats have finished in the top-five at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1996. The women won the championships for the second time in school history in 2006, scoring 1325.5 points and won in 2000 with 1,125 points, while tallying four individual champions. The women’s team has consecutively posted at least one individual or relay champion each year since 1997, as 2006 was the most successful year tallying at total of 10 champions (4 individual, 3 relays).


The past 10 years of Pac-10 Championships:

2006                   1st place                     1,325.5 points     
2005                        2nd place                1,237 points
2004                        3rd place                1,221.5 points
2003                        4th place                1,013 points
2002                        3rd place                1,151.5 points
2001                        2nd place               1,289.5 points
2000                       1st place                1,125 points
1999                        4th place                441 points
1998                        3rd place                1,060.5 points
1997                        3rd place                1,090.5 points
1996                        4th place                813 points
1995                        5th place                860 points
1994                        7th place                529 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

Erin Sieper

Lara Jackson

Anna Turner

Courtney Cashion                200 free relay                    1:30.22

Jenna Gresdal

Anna Turner

Lacey Nymeyer

Courtney Cashion                400 free relay                    3:16.60

Jenna Gresdal

Taylor Baughman

Lacey Nymeyer




Place              School                            Points
1.                     Arizona                         1325.5
2.                     UCLA                             1246.5
3.                     Stanford                         1227.0
4.                     USC                                1162.5
5.                     Cal                                  1082.5
6.                     ASU                               670.5
7.                     Oregon State                 483.5
8.                     Washington                  414
9.                     Washington State        399



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.”



Arizona’s Next Action ?- The men’s swim team will compete at the conference championships on Feb. 21-24 in Seattle, Wash. at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center. Preliminary action will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) with finals will starting at 6 p.m. each day.



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