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Swimming Posts Impressive Day at Texas Invite
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 01, 2011
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Dec. 1, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas -

Day one of the Texas Invitational proved to be a good starting spot for the Arizona Swimming team, as the Wildcats corralled seven first-place finishes and shattered some of the country’s top times.

“It was a really special day for us,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “If you combine the prelims and the finals, we got a lot done. We can always be better, but I’m really happy with the way things went.”

Once again, relays were a key factor for Arizona, as the team of Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.), Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.), Aubrey Peacock (Jacksonville, Fla.) and Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) recorded the fastest time in the country in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:31.65.

The men’s team was not outdone, as the team featuring Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.), Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.), Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) also recorded the fastest time in the country in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:06.98.

In addition, three swimmers recorded the country’s best times in individual races. Smith posted a time of 44.13 in the 100 fly, Chitwood posted a time of 1:41.92 in the 200 IM and Geer posted a time of 21.94 in the 50 free.

Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.), Matt Barber (Kingwood, Texas) and Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) all recorded the second-fastest times in the country in their respective events.

The Wildcats will return to the pool to take on day two of the Invite on Friday. Prelims will begin at 10 a.m. CT and finals at 6 p.m. CT.

“We are going to take the momentum from today and see what we can do tomorrow,” Hansen said. “Our expectations are high and we are swimming fast.”

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