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Arizona Swims Lights Out On Day One of NCAAs
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 15, 2012
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March 15, 2012

AUBURN, Ala. -


Sophomore Margo Geer and the Arizona Women’s Swimming team turned heads on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Women’s Swimming Championships, as the Wildcats posted two runner-up finishes, two top-five finishes and one more in the top 10.

Arizona finished the day in fourth place, trailing second place by only 11 points. Four Pac-12 teams occupy the top four spots, as California is the leader and Stanford and USC currently stand in a second place tie.

“We swam well this morning, but we missed on a couple of things,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “We made some adjustments, showed up tonight ready to go and swam lights out.”

Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) earned runner-up honors in the 50 free after swimming a personal-best time of 21.67 and finishing behind California’s Liv Jensen.

In addition, Geer anchored the Wildcats’ 400 medley relay team for another runner-up finish with teammates Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.), Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) and Lauren Smart (Charlotte, N.C.). Arizona finished behind California, who set a new NCAA record in the race.

The women also recorded a third-place finish in the 200 free relay behind sophomores Geer, Kait Flederbach (Carmel, Ind.) and Aubrey Peacock (Jacksonville, Fla.) and senior Emma Darlington (Tucson, Ariz.). The team swam the race in 1:27.45, their fastest time this year and finished behind Stanford and California.

Senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) also scored points for the Wildcats as she earned a ninth-place finish in the 500 free with her time of 4:36.66, a full three-second improvement from her morning session.

In diving action, sophomore Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa.) posted a fourth-place finish on the 1m with a score of 334.55, shattering Tiffany Manning’s record of 208.50 set in 2006.

“Tonight’s performance gives us momentum going into the second day,” Hansen said. “We are in fourth place and our two strongest days are yet to come.”

The Championships will continue on Friday with prelims beginning at 11 a.m. CT and finals at 7 p.m. Events will include the 200 medley relay, the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 800 free and 3m.

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200 free relay:

3. Geer, Flederbach, Darlington, Peacock – 1:27.45

500 free:

9. Alyssa Anderson – 4:36.66

50 free:

2. Margo Geer – 21.67


4. Samantha Pickens – 334.55

400 medley relay:

2. Denninghoff, Baumgardner, Smart, Geer – 3:29.13

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