No. 2 Wildcat Men Fall Short vs. No. 1 Texas
TUCSON, Ariz. - The second-ranked Arizona women's squad captured five of six events in both the morning session and afternoon session, helping them run away from No. 12 Texas by a score of 247-106 today at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The win moved the Wildcats to 8-2 overall, while UT fell to 2-5. Meanwhile, the No. 2 Wildcat men fell short in their bid to upset top-ranked Texas, falling 206-147. Arizona fell to 5-2 overall with the loss and Texas remained undefeated in dual-meet action, improving to 7-0.
In other action today at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, the Texas women defeated the No. 18 Arizona State women, 190.5-162.5 and the Texas men defeated No. 11 ASU, 206-147.
For Arizona, three Cats won two events each and UA captured both relay events that were contested on Saturday to help them record their fourth victory of the year against a Top-25 team. In her final appearance at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center senior Trina Jackson was victorious in both the 100 fly (2:04.87) and 1,650 free (16:41.16) helping to build a 93 point lead after the completion of the first two sessions.
Also strong for Arizona was the freshman duo of Amanda Beard and Beth Botsford. Botsford notched first-place finishes in the 100 back, with a time of 56.11 and 200 back (2:00.40). The wins allowed Botsford to remain undefeated in both those events as she pushed her record this year to 11-0 in each event. Beard was victorious in the 100 breast (1:04.58) and 200 breast (2:14.81) and joined Botsford on the first-place 200 medley relay team (1:44.33).
For the Wildcat men senior Ryk Neethling closed out his amazing career at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center by cruising to victory in the 1,650 free and the 200 free. In the mile, Neethling dominated the field from the start and finished in a time of 15:02.88, over 27 seconds ahead of his nearest competitor. In the 200, Neethling clocked a first-place time of 1:38.04, bettering that of teammate, junior Jay Schryver, who finished second (1:39.04).
Other Arizona event winners on Saturday included sophomore Roland Schoeman (100 free; 43.99) and freshman Jeff Dash (200 fly; 1:47.09).
Both Wildcat squads finish up their dual-meet season on Feb. 12 with a trip to the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center in Tempe, when they face off against their arch-rivals, the ASU Sun Devils, beginning at 1:00 p.m.