This Week in the Pool ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams are set to travel to Northern California to take on Pac-10 rivals Stanford and Cal on January 20-21. Competition will begin at 1 p.m. (PST) at the Avery Aquatic Center Friday against the Cardinal and at 12 p.m. Saturday versus the Golden Bears.
A look at the Wildcats ?- Both men and women maintain undefeated records and are ranked fifth in the nation after last week’s victories over Washington, Oregon State and Northern Arizona. The men are currently 3-0 (2-0 Pac-10) while the women are 5-0 (4-0 Pac-10).
A Look at the Opponents ?- On the men’s side, Stanford is ranked second behind defending national champions, Auburn. Stanford is currently 1-0 (1-0 Pac-10) as their most recent competition was at the Speedo Cup on Nov. 19, 2005. Stanford took first-place at the competition tallying 1,819 points and beating 13 teams over the three-day meet.
The Cal men’s team is currently ranked third posting a 3-0 overall record (0-0 Pac-10) and begins the New Year with its last two meets of a brief home schedule. This is the first collegiate competition for the Bears since the Texas Invitational Dec. 1-3, 2005, in Austin, Texas where they finished fifth overall.
On the women’s side, Stanford is ranked third with a 10-0 overall record and returns to action after their last competition at the Speedo Cup in November 2005 (1st place, 1,760.5 points) with its first two Pac-10 dual meets of the season. The Cardinal divers last competed at the 2005 Texas Invitational where junior Cassidy Krug's took second place in the 3-meter diving competition.
The Cal Women’s team
What Happened Last Year? - The last meeting against Arizona and both Nor-Cal schools took place on Jan 21-22, 2005 in Tucson. The No. 4 Arizona women defeated No. 7 California 144-99, winning 11 events, including both diving board competitions, while falling to the No. 8 Cardinal 165-135 for their first loss of the 2004-05 season.
The men lost both competitions respectively, falling to No. 4 Cal 136-97 and the top-ranked Cardinal 155-82, dropping their record 4-3 (1-2 Pac-10).
Arizona and Nor-Cal History ?- In the past six years of competition, the women post a winning record in the series against California, as they are 4-2 overall, dating back to a 2000 victory against the Golden Bears 132-111. Against Stanford, the women are 2-4 overall since the 2000 season, and hope to improve the record after this weekend.
The men post losing records in their series with both Cal and Stanford, as they are currently 0-7 against the Golden Bears and 1-6 against the Cardinal. The men’s last victory over Stanford was on Jan. 22, 2000 (124-119).+
Arizona’s last time in the water ?- The men and women began the New Year with a splash, as both teams posted victories over the University of Washington, Oregon State and Northern Arizona, maintaining perfect records on both sides.
The men downed Washington 145-116, while the women defeated No. 23 Washington (168-87), OSU (172-83) and NAU (201-93).
“As a group both teams performed well for their first meet after the break,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “We do so much swimming at a higher volume, that speed is not the focus here. As long as we can compete well at all times, no matter what the circumstances are, I feel pretty good about where we are headed.”
The men placed first in a total of five events beginning with the 200 medley relay team of senior Simon Burnett, sophomore Ivan Barnes, senior Lyndon Ferns and freshman Ryan Richardson (1:30.97). Freshman David Pursley finished second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:34.02, while sophomore Matt Biel finished third (9:36.72). Senior Tyler DeBerry won the 200 freestyle (1:40.96) and junior Adam Ritter posted a first-place finish as well in the 100 backstroke with a time of 51.48.
Barnes tallied another individual victory for the Wildcats in the 100 breaststroke with a time of 55.62, while Ferns finished third (57.29). Ferns later won the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.59.
Burnett finished first in he 100 freestyle with a time of 45.32 and in the 200 backstroke, senior Dave Rollins finished second (1:53.37), while junior Nate Rothman finished third (1:54.67). Freshman Josh Arreguin placed second in the 200 breaststroke (2:07.43) while sophomore Bart Steninger finished third (2:10.66). In the 500 freestyle, Arizona provided three of the top-five swimmers as Biel finished second (4:37.50), Ritter finished third (4:37.85) and Burnett finished fifth.
Sophomore Albert Subirats won the 100 butterfly with a time of 49.13 and Ferns posted another individual victory in the 200 individual medley with a time of 1:53.69, while DeBerry finished second (1:55. 90).
For the final swimming event, the 200 free relay team of Ritter, Subirats, Rollins and Burnett finished first with a time of 1:22.50.
On the women’s side, Arizona finished first in 14 events beginning with the 200 medley relay composed of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and junior Kathryn Elofson (1:44.56). Sophomore Lacey Nymeyer finished first in the 500 freestyle with a time of 10:09.88. In the 200 freestyle, Gresdal finished first (1:51.97) and senior Katie Willis placed second (1:53.11).
Senior Marshi Smith won the 100 backstroke (57.27), while senior Ryann Hackett finished second (57.82). In the 100 breaststroke, Sieper finished first with a time of 1:04.72 and sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third (1:04.81). Nymeyer posted her second individual first-place finish in the 50 freestyle, winning with a time of 23.60, while freshman Taylor Baughman finished second (24.11).
Baughman later won the 100 freestyle with a time of 52.41 and Willis finished second (52.57). Gresdal tallied another first-place finish in the 200 backstroke (1:59.61) and freshman Anna Turner placed second (2:08.91). Craft won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:19.51, while freshman Jessica Embick finished second (2:20.66).
Myers took the top position in the 500 freestyle (4:59.29) as well as the 200 individual medley (2:04.39) and Pursley also finished first in the 100 butterfly (55.80).
The women finished the competition with an exhibition heat of the 200 free relay composed of Nymeyer, Myers, Turner and Gresdal, who finished with a time of 1:48.88, which was fast enough to take first place.
In the diving well for the women, senior Tiffany Manning posted two of the Wildcats’ 14 first-place finishes by conquering both spring board events. She tallied 336.52 points in the 1-meter competition and 340.65 points in the 3-meter. Freshman Allison Scaife finished third in the 1-meter with 281.99 points.
Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Wildcats will return to Tucson next weekend when they take on the Texas Longhorns for a two-day competition at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The meet will begin at 2 p.m. (MST) Friday, Jan. 27 and at 11 a.m. Saturday.