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Swim and Dive Host Northern California Rivals
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 09, 2007
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This Week in the Pool ?- The No. 2 Arizona women’s and the No. 5 men’s swimming and diving teams are set to host Northern California rivals Stanford and California this weekend at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Wildcats will take on the top-ranked Stanford women and the No. 2 men on Friday, Jan. 12 at 2 p.m. (MST), while the women will challenge No. 4 Cal on Saturday, Jan. 13 at 1 p.m.


Arizona in the Rankings ?- The Wildcat women currently post a 5-0 (3-0 Pac-10) record, giving them the No. 2 position in the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, while the men are currently ranked fifth with an overall record of 4-1 (1-1 Pac-10).


Incredible Individuals ?- In the latest NCAA top-times list, several Wildcats have made their mark, as a total of 12 different swimmers appear in the top-five of 19 individual events.


MEN (top five only)


Event         Rank          Name                        Time

50 free           2             Albert Subirats            19.54

100 free          1             Albert Subirats            42.52

                     2             Adam Ritter                42.78

                     4             Nicolas Nilo                43.31

200 free          1             Adam Ritter                1:34.30

                     4             Jean Basson              1:35.04

500 free          3             Jean Basson              4:17.17

100 back        1             Albert Subirats            45.91

200 back        4             Jake Tapp                  1:44.07

100 fly            1             Albert Subirats            45.06

200 IM           1             Adam Ritter                1:43.96

                     2             Darian Townsend        1:46.17

400 IM           1             Jack Brown                3:47.27


WOMEN (top five only)


Event         Rank          Name                        Time

50 free           1             Lara Jackson              22.05

                     3             Lacey Nymeyer          22.13

100 free          1             Lacey Nymeyer          48.29

200 free          1             Lacey Nymeyer          1:44.38

                     2             Whitney Myers           1:46.00

500 free          2             Lacey Nymeyer          4:42.68

200 back        3             Caitlin Iversen             1:55.85

200 breast      5             Jacquelyn Craft          2:12.23

100 fly            1             Whitney Myers          51.55

200 fly            2             Whitney Myers           1:55.17

200 IM           1             Whitney Myers           1:55.92

400 IM           3             Whitney Myers           4:11.44



A Look at the Opponents?- The women’s squad will face two nationally ranked teams, including the No. 1 Stanford Cardinal, who currently post a record of 5-0 (1-0 Pac-10). Stanford will be returning to the water for their first competition since December 2, 2006, when they finished second at the Texas Invitational with 756 points.


            The Stanford men are currently ranked second in the nation with a 1-0 overall record (0-0 Pac-10). The Cardinal last competed at the Texas Invitational as well, finishing third overall with 543 points. On Nov. 19, the Stanford men captured the 2006 Speedo Cup for the fourth year in a row, beating 15 teams with a total of 1,803.5 points.


            The No. 4 Cal women are currently 6-0 overall, (1-0 Pac-10). The Golden Bears will also return to the pool for the first time since Dec. 3, 2006, when they finished second at the Georgia Fall Invitational in Athens, Ga. with 928 points.


What Happened Last Year ?- On Jan. 20, 2006, No. 5 men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted their first losses of the season to Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center. The women (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) fell to the No. 3 Cardinal (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) 137-106, while the men (3-1, 2-1 Pac-10) were defeated by No. 2 Stanford (2-0, 2-0 Pac-10) 127-115.


            On Saturday, Jan. 21, 2006, both Arizona squads posted their second losses of the season against California. The women fell to No. 6 Cal 178-122, while the men posted a 202-98 loss the No. 3 Golden Bears.


Arizona’s Last time in the Water ?- Despite the poor weather conditions at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center last weekend, the men’s team upset No. 4 California, 124-118 for the first time in 14 years, while also downing No.12 Michigan, 122-121.


            The women also had a successful meet, as they began the second half of the 2006-07 season with a double victory over Oregon State and Northern Arizona, maintaining a perfect record of 5-0 (3-0 Pac-10).

Arizona’s Next Action - The swimming and diving teams will continue dual-meet action on January 19-20 when they travel to Austin, Texas, to take on the Texas Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center. Competition will begin at 7 p.m. (CST) on Friday and at 12 p.m. Saturday.





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