March 20, 2004
College Station, Texas. - The No. 6 Arizona women's swimming and diving team completed the 2004 NCAA Championships in third place with 369 points. Head coach Frank Busch was named the 2004 NCAA Coach of the Year. This is the second year Busch has received the award since he was last honored in 1993.
The Wildcats broke a total of ten school records and one NCAA record over the course of the past three days. "It was a fantastic team effort," said head coach Frank Busch, "We had eleven All-Americans contributing to our third place finish, I'd say that is pretty awesome. We came here ranked sixth and left in third place, this is the highest we have finished at the NCAA Championships since 2000."
Junior Jessica Hayes started things off for the Wildcats in the 200-meter backstroke where she finished fourth with a time of 2:07.84. Sophomore Erin Sieper finished sixth in the championship finals of the 200-meter breaststroke with a time of 2:26.75.
Freshman Whitney Myers and junior Emily Mason both qualified for the championship finals of the 200-meter butterfly. Myers entered the race with the top-seed after swimming a time of 2:07.30 in prelims and finished third in the finals with a time of 2:06.33. Mason finished in fifth place (2:07.77).
Senior Daniela Bemme qualified for the 10-meter platform diving finals after finishing seventh in prelims with 260.70 points. Bemme finished sixth in finals with 423.15 points. Freshman Mary Yarrison finished tenth overall contributing ten points to the Wildcat's third place finish.
To end tonight's competition, the 200-meter free relay team of Hayes, sophomore Jenna Gresdal, Myers, and sophomore Marshi Smith finished fourth with a time of 3:40.33.
The Arizona men's swimming and diving team will travel to Long Island, N.Y. on March 25-27 to compete in the NCAA Championships. The Wildcats will bring eleven swimmers and one diver to the competition next week where the 12 athletes will participate in 28 individual events, five relays and three diving events.
50 Free- Marshi Smith
100 Free- Jessica Hayes
200 Free- Emily Mason
400 Free- Emily Mason
100 Fly- Whitney Myers
200 Fly- Whitney Myers
200 IM- Whitney Myers
400 IM- Emily Mason
200 Free Relay
800 Free Relay