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Women?s Swim and Dive Hang on to First Place
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2006
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Long Beach, Calif. - The seventh-ranked Arizona women’s swimming and diving team remains in first place with 889 points after the third day of competition at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships.


            Junior Whitney Myers and senior Jenna Gresdal both posted individual Pac-10 titles, marking the fourth conference title overall for the Wildcats. Myers won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:14.18, tallying the first of six NCAA automatic qualifying times for Arizona. Gresdal won the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.05, also posting an automatic qualifying time for the 2006 national championships.


           “Tonight was a really good night for us,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “But as you can see by the (team) scores, Stanford and Cal are catching up, so it is going to be a really tight meet because we don’t have any one competing tin the 1650 freestyle tomorrow. I think we are all going to be about even going into tomorrow night’s finals, but the girls are doing a great job stepping up to the challenge and what we need to do now is qualify as many (swimmers) as possible in finals tomorrow night.”


            Junior Emily Strouse finished sixth in the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:19.78 while freshman Hailey DeGolia finished ninth in the 100 butterfly (54.78).


            In the 200 freestyle, sophomore Lacey Nymeyer finished third with a time of 1:46.49 while sophomore Courtney Cashion placed sixth (1:47.42) and senior Katie Willis finished 12th (1:49.11).


            Senior Erin Sieper finished fourth in the 100 breaststroke (1:01.38) as freshman Jessica Embick finished seventh (1:02.33) and freshman Jacquelyn Craft was ninth (1:02.59).


            Along with Gresdal in the 100 backstroke, senior Marshi Smith finished third (53.76) and senior Ryann Hackett finished 11th (55.41).


            For the final event of the evening, the 400 medley relay team of Gresdal, Sieper, Myers and Nymeyer finished third with a time of 3:37.26.


            On the diving side, senior  Tiffany Manning finished second in the 3-meter competition with 327.85 points and junior Megan MacDonald finished eighth (290.25 points).


            For the men’s diving team, senior John Collier finished sixth in the 1-meter competition (327.05 points) and junior Patrick Sullivan placed seventh with 310.65 points.


            The Wildcats will return to action tomorrow for the final day of the Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will start at 6 p.m.


Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 14
1. University of Arizona               889   
2. Stanford University                 842
3. Univ California Los Angeles         837   
4. Univ of Southern California       761.5
5. Univ of California Berkeley       748.5   
6. Arizona State University          448.5
7. Oregon State University           333.5   
8. University of Washington            312
9. Washington State University         263                                            




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