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Wildcats Drown Sun Devils in Final Dual Meet
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 16, 2006
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Tempe, Ariz. -  The No. 6 Arizona women’s and No. 7 men’s swimming and diving teams completed their 2005-06 dual meet season today against intrastate rival Arizona State. The women won 12 of 16 events, downing ASU 181-107, while the men won 11 of 16 events to defeat the Sun Devils 172-123.


            “Today was a great indication of where we are at,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “We had a lot of fun today and it’s good to see a sign that we are on the right path. The kids feel rested and like they are on target for a good postseason. The entire coaching staff feels really confident with the way we are performing right now.”


            The women’s 200 medley relay team of seniors, Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and sophomore Courtney Cashion posted the first win of the day, finishing with a time of 1:41.68. Junior Whitney Myers swam the 1000 freestyle, winning with a time of 10:12.43.  


            In the 200 freestyle, Arizona took the top-three spots, as freshman Anna Turner finished first (1:51.81), senior Katie Willis was second (1:51.84) and Cashion third (1:52.07). Senior Marshi Smith won the 100 backstroke (56.04) and classmate Ryann Hackett finished second (56.38).


            Three Wildcat women dominated the 100 breaststroke as freshman Jessica Embick finished first (1:03.21), sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished second (1:03.66) and Sieper was third (1:03.70). Pursley also finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:04.64).


            In the 50 freestyle, sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, Turner and freshman Lindsey Kelly took the top-three positions while Cashion finished second in the 100 freestyle (51.01). Myers won the 200 backstroke (2:01.18) as Smith finished second (2:01.85), Gresdal finished third and freshman Kathryn Thompson was fourth.


            Craft won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 2:17.87, Nymeyer finished first in the 500 freestyle (4:54.65) and Pursley finished second in the 100 butterfly (55.20).


            Freshman Hailey DeGolia swam an exhibition heat of the 200 individual medley, finishing with a time good enough to take first place (2:04.70). The 200 free relay team of Turner, Nymeyer, junior Kathryn Elofson and Hackett swam as an exhibition heat as well, finishing with a time of 1:33.55.


            In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning won both springboard events posting 362.53 points in the 3-meter and 312.07 points in the 1-meter.


            Senior John Collier split with defending national champion Joona Puhakka on the diving boards, as he won the 3-meter competition with 388.50 points and placed second in the 1-meter (326.32 points).


            Collier later got a chance to show his abilities outside the diving well, as he swam in his first collegiate event, anchoring the sixth-place 200 free relay after making a deal with coach Busch.


            “John and I made a deal at the beginning of the meet,” said Busch. “Since he was competing against the defending national champion, I told him if he won at least one of his events, I would let him swim in the relay. He was really excited and the whole team was going crazy on deck.”


            The men won their first swimming event in the 200 medley relay with a team composed of sophomores Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, senior Lyndon Ferns and freshman Ryan Richardson (1:28.57). Sophomore Matt Biel finished third in the 1000 freestyle (9:12.17), while senior Simon Burnett, freshman Nicolas Nilo and freshman Matt Barnard finished first, second and third in the 200 freestyle.


            In the 100 backstroke, Arizona took the top-three spots as sophomore Nick Thoman was first (49.05), senior Dave Rollins finished second (49.41) and junior Adam Ritter was third (50.48).


            Barnes posted his first individual victory in the 100 breast (54.79), while sophomore Darren Maxwell placed second in the 200 butterfly (1:50.50).  Ferns posted another individual victory for the Wildcats in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.09.


            Arizona took the top-four places in the 100 freestyle with Burnett finishing first (44.53), Nilo second (45.49), Barnard third (45.55) and Subirats fourth (45.95).


            Thoman also won the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:47.03, while junior Nate Rothman finished second (1:51.04). Rollins won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:00.92 and Biel placed first in the 500 freestyle (4:29.02).


            In the 100 butterfly, Ferns posted his second individual win (47.50), while Maxwell and Subirats finished second and third. Burnett swam the 200 individual medley as an exhibition race, finishing with a time good enough to take first place (1:48.42). For the final event, the 200 free relay team of Burnett, Ferns, Subirats and Ritter swam an exhibition heat, also posting a time that would have taken first place (1:20.92).


             The Wildcats’ next competition will be at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships. The women will travel to Long Beach, Calif. on Feb. 22-25 and the men will compete in Federal Way, Wash. on March 1-4 along with both men’s and women’s diving teams.

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