Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Men?s Swim and Dive Compete at 2007 Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 19, 2007
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Related Links

This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 5 Arizona men’s swim team is set to travel to Seattle, Wash. on Feb. 21-24 to compete in the 2007 Pac-10 Championships hosted by Arizona. Preliminary action will begin each day at 11 a.m. (PST) with finals beginning at 6 p.m.


The Divers at Pac-10s ?- The men’s diving team competed in the conference championships on Feb. 8-10 in Seattle, Wash. Arizona had notable performances during it’s portion of the Pac-10 Championships, as freshman Michael Guilfoil finished fifth in the 10-meter platform competition with 241.75 points and redshirt junior Matt Bisordi finished seventh in the 3-meter with 310.05 points.


             All point totals will be added to the men’s respective Championships to determine the Pac-10 Conference Champion.


A Look at the Wildcats ?- The men are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 6-3 (3-2 Pac-10) record, posting losses to No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Stanford and No.7 USC.


            The Wildcats return one Pac-10 champion from a 2006 squad, senior captain Adam Ritter, who anchored the first-place 800 free relay at last year’s championships, while finishing fourth in the 200 IM (1:45.69), fifth in the 100 free (43.60) and seventh in the 200 free (1:36.42)


            Junior Albert Subirats is another Wildcat to watch, as he was named Pac-10 Men’s Swimmer of the Month for December after winning four individual events and posting new school records in both the 100 back (45.91) and the 100 fly (45.06) at the 2006 Texas Invite. Subirats was a six-time first team All-American in 2006, as he contributed to three of the four first-place NCAA Championship relays and is currently ranked No. 1 nationally in the 100 free (42.52), 100 back (45.91) and 100 fly (45.06).


            Sophomore Nicolas Nilo has made his mark on the men’s squad by posting nationally ranked times for the 100 and 200 free. At last year’s

conference championships, Nilo swam the third leg of the second-place 200 free relay.


            Junior Darian Townsend makes his first appearance at the meet, as he appears in the top-five of Arizona’s season best times list in five individual events and three relay races.


Pac-10 Schools in the National Rankings: Five of the six Pac-10 men’s swimming and diving teams are ranked in the Top 25 in the nation according to the College Swim Coaches Association (CSCAA), proving that the Pac-10 has some of the strongest competition in the country.


Rank        School
2               Stanford  

4               California
5               Arizona
7               USC

21              ASU



 Arizona @ Pac-10’s History- The Wildcats have finished in the top-five at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1994. The men have never won a conference title; however have accumulated a total of 28 individual conference champions since 1979.


The past 12 years of Pac-10 Championships:

2006    4th                   519 points

2005    4th place          450 points

2004    3rd place          522.5 points

2003    5th place          392.5 points

2002    3rd place          616.5 points

2001    4th place          538 points

2000    4th place          468 points

1999    4th place          441 points

1998    5th place          417.5 points

1997    3rd place          575 points

1996    2nd place         603 points

1995    4th place          467 points

1994    5th place          404.5 points 



What Happened Last Year ?- On March 1-4, 2006 the men competed at the Pac-10 Championships finishing fourth with 519 points, while posting a total of two individual champions, one relay title, two conference meet records and two new school records. The men also tallied a total of 11 NCAA automatic qualifying times and 20 consideration times throughout four days of competition.


2006 Pac-10 Champions


Lyndon Ferns         100 fly                  46.43

Simon Burnett         200 free                1:33.26

Simon Burnett         800 free relay        6:18.70

Lyndon Ferns

Tyler DeBerry

Adam Ritter




Place   School             Points
1.         Stanford           880     

2.         California          796

3.         USC                530     

4.         Arizona           519

5.         ASU                352     

6.         Washington      188



Last Week in the Water ?- The No. 4 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team defended its Pac-10 title Saturday, Feb. 17, climbing seven spots from the first day of competition to win the meet with 1481.5 points and two individual victories.


            This was the third Pac-10 Championship victory for the women in school history, as they won in 2000, 2006 and 2007.


            “It took us all the way to the last day of competition, but we took the lead,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “I’m very happy for the girls and proud of their hard work. It was a tough four days, but they were so determined and that is what really made the difference in this meet.”


            Posting the first Pac-10 title of the meet for the Wildcats was sophomore Lara Jackson in the 50 free, as she tied with Cal’s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson’s own school record as well.


            The 200 free relay team of Jackson, Nymeyer, sophomore Anna Turner and sophomore Lindsey Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.



Arizona’s Next Action ?- The men’s and women’s diving squads will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to compete at the 2007 Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships on March 1-3 for a chance to join the Arizona swimmers that are already attending the national championships.


Margo Geer P12 WOTY
Bear Down Challenge M S&D