March 17, 2012
AUBURN, Ala. -
First-year coach Eric Hansen and the Arizona Women's Swimming team completed the 2012 NCAA Championships with a fifth-place overall finish for their ninth-consecutive NCAA finish in the top five.
The Wildcats brought a squad of 11 athletes, all of whom contributed to the score. The relay teams represented in usual fashion, as each team posted a top-four finish. In addition, four individuals recorded six races in the top five.
Arizona was one of four Pac-12 teams to finish in the top five, as California repeated as national champion, USC earned a third-place finish and Stanford finished fourth.
"Fifth place is something we can build on and I am really proud of the effort that they put forth," Hansen said. "I am really proud of their total body of work this year and the progress that we made."
On Saturday, sophomore Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) recorded a new school record in the 100 free, swimming in a time of 47.14 and finishing in third place. Geer posted a team-high seven All-American honors, including two in individual races.
Sophomore Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) had a top-five finish with fourth-place accolades in the 200 back and senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) recorded a seventh-place finish in the 200 fly in her last individual race as a Wildcat.
Arizona capped off the meet with a stellar performance in the 400 free relay that featured Geer, Anderson, junior Monica Drake (Bloomington, Ill.) and sophomore Kait Flederbach (Carmel, Ind.). The squad posted a fourth-place finish with a time of 3:11.57.
"I am really happy with how our women battled," Hansen said. "We performed really well. I feel like we missed a few opportunities in the morning, but at night, no one fought harder than our women."
Arizona's Men's Swimming team will compete in the NCAA Championships March 22-24 in Federal Way, Wash.
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ARIZONA FINAL RESULTS:
4. Sarah Denninghoff - 1:52.49
3. Margo Geer - 47.14
7. Alyssa Anderson - 155.50
400 Free relay
4. Geer, Flederbach, Drake, Anderson - 3:11.57
2012 All Americans:
Margo Geer: 200 free relay, 50 free, 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 800 free relay, 100 free, 400 free relay
Kait Flederbach: 200 free relay, 400 free relay
Emma Darlington: 200 free relay
Aubrey Peacock: 200 free relay
Alyssa Anderson: 500 free, 200 free, 800 free relay, 200 fly, 400 free relay
Samantha Pickens: 1m, 3m
Sarah Denninghoff: 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back, 800 free relay, 200 back
Ellyn Baumgardner: 400 medley relay
Lauren Smart: 400 medley relay, 200 medley relay, 100 back
Chelsey Salli: 200 medley relay
Monica Drake: 800 free relay, 400 free relay
FINAL TEAM RESULTS:
1. California - 412.5
2. Georgia - 366
3. USC - 325.5
4. Stanford - 318
5. Arizona - 299