Feb. 24, 2011
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - On night two of the women's Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, Arizona collected standout performances from junior Alyssa Anderson and freshmen Margo Geer and Samantha Pickens as the Wildcats earned 242 points to add to its running total.
In the 500 freestyle, Arizona's Anderson finished runner-up to her younger sister, Haley of USC, as the two paced the championship heat. Alyssa attempted to put on a repeat of the morning session where she posted the fastest prelim time, but her little Trojan sibling wasn't having any of it, winning by nearly two seconds at 4:38.78.
Susana Helms and Lindsay Seemann combined to win 24 points in the consolation B heat for Arizona while freshman Ashley Evans took home the C final with a time of 4:48.50 while teammate Monica Drake was fifth in the heat.
Swimming in the consolation B heat of the 200 I.M., Hannah Ross held her placing from prelims and was eighth in the event. In the C consolation, UA's Dana Christ and Chelsey Salli were fifth and eighth, respectively.
Next up was Geer in the 50 freestyle and she didn't disappoint, placing fourth overall for a time of 22.33 to earn Arizona 26 points in the heat. Heading into NCAA's next month, Geer looks to be just about on par with Cal's Liv Jensen who won the race Thursday night with a time of 21.73.
In the consolation B heat of the 50 freestyle, Kait Flederbach placed fifth in 22.86 while teammate Grace Finnegan was eighth in the heat at 23.13. In the C consolation final, it was more freshmen for the Wildcats as Sarah Denninghoff and Aubrey Peacock placed fourth and fifth, respectively in 23.09 and 23.12.
Moving over to the diving well, Pickens came up big for Arizona as she totaled an overall score of 309.95 through six rounds in the 1-meter springboard event to give her team 26 points. Ainsley Oliver also provided a boost, placing 10th through prelims and notching 20 points.
In the final event on Thursday, Arizona's fabulous-sprinting freshmen foursome of Geer, Finnegan, Flederbach and Peacock proved they'll be a force to reckon with over the next four seasons, finishing third overall in the event with a time of 1:30.14. Stanford won the relay with a time of 1:28.54.
With the bulk of swimming events still to come over the next two days, Arizona is in fifth place with 294 total points. Tomorrow's races include the 400 I.M., 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back, 3-meter diving and the 400 medley relay.
Point Standings After Night Two
1. Stanford - 506
2. California - 478
3. USC - 453.5
4. UCLA - 336
5. Arizona - 294
6. Arizona State - 234
7. Washington State - 160
8. Oregon State - 138