Nov. 23, 2002
LOS ANGELES, Calif. - Paced by three individual titles for senior Beth Botsford and sophomore Emily Mason, the University of Arizona women's swimming and diving teams defeated Pac-10 foe UCLA 160-140.
The Wildcats won the opening six events of the competition en route to today's victory. The win raises the women's record to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the Pac-10.
All-American Botsford continued her dominance of the backstroke events. As she garnered wins in both the 100y and 200y back by touching the wall with times of 54.95 and 1:59.17, respectively. Botsford also was victorious in the 100y fly by finishing in a time of 55.08.
Sophomore Emily Mason excelled in a variety of events on Saturday as well. Mason's versatility was evidenced in her victories in the 1000y free (10:15.76), 200y fly (2:00.20) and 400y IM (4:18.96).
The lone Wildcat victory in today's exhibition meet belonged to junior All-American Eric la Fleur won the 100y free by touching the wall in 45.83. Since the last meet, la Fleur has improved his time in this event by nearly two seconds.
Sophomore distance swimmer Chad Ainsworth posted his most impressive performance of the year with a second place finish in the 2000y free (19:16.61) Ainsworth fell only .28 seconds short of victory in the event, which is only swam at distance meets.
Freshman Dave Rollins hinted at his brooding potential when he finished the 50y back second in a time of 24.10, especially quick for this time of year. Rollins has already
impacted the Wildcat squad this season, especially in the 200y IM and the 200y back, where in the latter he holds the season's top time.
Both teams return to the water for their annual sojourn to Texas Invitational in Austin, a tournament that runs from Dec. 6-8.