Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats travel to Northern California to face Pac-10 Rivals
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 20, 2004
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Jan. 20, 2004

This Week in the Pool - The sixth-ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team and the seventh-ranked Arizona men's team are set to travel to Berkeley, California to take on the University of California Golden Bears on Jan. 23 at 1 p.m. PST. On Jan. 24, the Wildcats will battle against the men and women of Stanford at 1 p.m. PST.

A Look at the Opponents - The University of California men's swimming team is currently ranked fourth with a 2-0 overall record and the women are ranked eighth with a 4-0 record. The Stanford men's team is ranked third with a 3-0 overall record and the Cardinal women are ranked fourth coming off of a 144-107 win against Pacific last week.

Last Time in the Water - Arizona's men and women each earned two victories, Friday, Jan. 9. The women's team defeated Missouri, 173.50 to 73.50, and Northern Arizona, 183.00 to 58.00. The men beat Purdue, 134.00 to 105.00, and Missouri, 167.00 to 66.00.

For the women, freshman diver Mary Yarrison broke the season high and her career high in the three-meter with a score of 295.21. Yarrison also won the one-meter dive with a score of 267.22.

On the diving boards for the men, sophomore John Collier broke the season highs for both the one-meter and the three-meter dives with scores of 340.50 and 312.22 respectively. Senior Alex Vollelunga finished second in both events and moved into the No. 2 spot for the season with scores of 283.95 and 303.52.

In the pool for the women, Arizona showed its dominance by winning 12 of the 13 events. In the 200-yard freestyle, lead by sophomore Katie Willis and a time of 1:50.98, the Wildcats finished in five of the top six positions. Senior Jessica Hayes paced the Wildcats with her time of 2:04.33 in the 200-individual medley, as they earned four of the five top times in the event.

For the men, the Wildcats earned the top-position in 10 of the 13 events. Senior Eric La Fleur won the 50-yard freestyle with a time of 20.72, the second fasted time of the season. Sophomore Lyndon Ferns finished second in the 200-yard butterfly with a time of 1:53.68.

Flying Ferns - Sophomore Lyndon Ferns broke two records in the last day of competition at the Texas invitational on Dec.6th. Ferns swam the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 42.40 breaking the Arizona record held by NCAA Champion Ronald Schoeman, who set the record in 2000 with a time of 42.56. Ferns later broke the 49-second mark swimming the 100-meter freestyle in 48.99 breaking the South African record held by former Arizona Wildcat Ryk Neesling, one of the most decorated NCAA champions of all time.

Best of the Boards - Freshman Mary Yarrison and senior Josh Anderson finished their three-day competition at the 2004 FINA World Cup Diving Trials successfully finishing in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Yarrison partnered up with freshman Cassidy Krug from Stanford University for the three-meter synchronized dive. The freshman duo posted a final score of 497.85 to earn fifth place in the competition. Josh Anderson qualified for individual competition on the ten-meter platform finishing with 801.30 points for sixth place.

Head Coach Frank Busch - Head coach Frank Busch enters his 15th year at the helm of the UA swimming and diving program. Busch has transformed University of Arizona swimming into one of the nation's most powerful programs. Busch enters the new year with a continued commitment to bringing honor to the University of Arizona through the success of its swimming and diving program. Busch has been named Pac-10 Women's Coach of the Year three times, Pac-10 Men's Coach of the Year two times, and he earned NCAA Division I-A Coach of the Year honors in 1993.

Head Diving Coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha - Head coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha enters her eighth year with the Wildcat diving program. Mitchell-Rocha is a four-time recipient of the men's Pac-10 Diving Coach of the Year.

Arizona's Next Action - The Wildcats will return to home, competing against the University of Texas on Jan. 30-31 at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center at 2 p.m. and 10 a.m. MST.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY