March 19, 2011
AUSTIN, Texas - In head coach Frank Busch's final meet as the women's swimming and diving head coach, his Arizona women's team placed fifth overall with 266 total points at the NCAA Championships in Austin, Texas at the Jamail Texas Swimming Center. California won the national team title with 424 total points, Georgia was second with 394.5. USC finished third with 351 points while Stanford was fourth with 272.
The fifth-place finish marks the eighth consecutive season in which the Arizona women's team has been amongst the top five and 14th occasion in the last 15 years. Additionally, Busch's women's teams have finished in the top 10 in each of the past 21 seasons.
After a stellar preliminary morning session on Saturday which included landing two swimmers in championship finals, four into consolation heats and qualifying its 400 freestyle relay second overall, Arizona followed it up with an even better Saturday night finals session.
In the consolation of the 200 backstroke, all three of Arizona's swimmers moved up in position as Aubrey Peacock finished runner-up with a time of 1:53.78. Peacock was followed up closely by Hannah Ross who went a 1:54.00 and Sarah Denninghoff who was fourth in 1:54.31. With all three scoring points, UA notched 18 in the event.
Next up was freshman Margo Geer in the 100 freestyle and she did not disappoint. Geer, who was third overall in the 50 free on Thursday, swam a 47.95 to notch another third place result and 16 points for Arizona. Geer's prelim time of 47.70 moved her to No. 2 on the Arizona school record list. She also earned multiple individual All-American distinction with her 50 and 100 results.
Chelsey Salli, swimming in the consolation heat of the 200 breaststroke, moved up one position for her preliminary result to place seventh with a time of 2:11.45.
Captain Alyssa Anderson was next in the 200 butterfly and showcased some serious leadership by placing third overall with a time of 1:53.79 to set a new personal best. Anderson also just missed Whitney Myers' school record in the event by four hundredths of a second. Additionally, Anderson's point gave Arizona a brief points lead over Stanford before platform diving.
In the final event of the meet, Arizona's 400 freestyle relay team of Geer, Kait Flederbach, Denninghoff and Anderson placed fourth with a time of 3:12.51 to earn All-America honors. Geer led the relay off with a 47.95 split followed by Flederbach's 48.05, Denninghoff in 48.46 and Anderson in 48.05.
USC's Katinka Hosszu was named as the Swimmer of the Meet, California head coach Teri McKeever was the Coach of the Year after her second championship and Minnesota's Kelci Bryant was the Diver of the Meet.
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 21
1. Cal Berkeley - 424
2. Georgia - 394.5
3. Southern Cal - 351
4. Stanford - 272
5. Arizona - 266
6. Texas - 232
7. Florida - 226
8. Auburn - 202
9. Minnesota - 192
10. Texas A&M - 182
11. Wisconsin - 160
12. Tennessee - 148
Recent NCAA Arizona Women's Team Finishes
2011 - 5th
2010 - 4th
2009 - 3rd
2008 - 1st
2007 - 2nd
2006 - 3rd
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 3rd
3. Margo Geer - 47.95 - 16 points
200 Breaststroke Consolation
7. Chelsey Salli 2:11.45 - 2 points
3. Alyssa Anderson - 1:53.79 - 16 points