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20070306 Wildcats Set to Compete at 2007 NCAA Championships
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Release: 03/06/2007
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<P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">This Week in the Pool ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">The No. 4 Arizona women&rsquo;s swim team is set to compete at the 2007 NCAA Championships on March 8-10 at the <?xml:namespace prefix = st1 ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:smarttags" /><st1:PlaceType w:st="on">University</st1:PlaceType> <st1:PlaceName w:st="on">Aquatic</st1:PlaceName> <st1:PlaceType w:st="on">Center</st1:PlaceType> in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Minneapolis</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Minn.</st1:State></st1:place> Preliminary action will start at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will begin at 7 p.m. each day.<?xml:namespace prefix = o ns = "urn:schemas-microsoft-com:office:office" /><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <B>A Look at the Wildcats ?</B> The Wildcats will feature 19 swimmers at this year&rsquo;s national championships, which posts the largest NCAA squad Arizona has ever qualified to compete for a chance to bring home the first national team title in the history of the program.<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">The women are currently ranked No. 4 with an 8-2 (4-2 Pac-10) record, posting only two losses to No. 1 Stanford and third-ranked <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">California</st1:State></st1:place>. <st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Arizona</st1:place></st1:State> will return 10 NCAA qualifiers from last year to the Championships; including 2006 NCAA champions senior Whitney Myers, junior Lacey Nymeyer and sophomore Anna Turner.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></B></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Unbelievable Underclassmen ? </SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">A total of seven freshmen and eight sophomores dominate this year&rsquo;s NCAA women&rsquo;s team, along with four upperclassmen to help lead the Wildcats.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <TABLE class=MsoNormalTable cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1> <P> <TBODY> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-RIGHT: 1.5pt; BORDER-TOP: red 1pt inset; PADDING-LEFT: 1.5pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1.5pt; BORDER-LEFT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-TOP: 1.5pt; BORDER-BOTTOM: red 1pt inset; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; mso-border-alt: inset red .75pt"> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; COLOR: black">Who&rsquo;s qualified for NCAAs - <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Fr. </SPAN><SPAN lang=EN style="COLOR: black; mso-ansi-language: EN">Ana Agy, So. Taylor Baughman*, Fr. Andrea Boritzke, Fr. Annie Chandler, Jr. Brandy Collins, Jr. Jacquelyn Craft*, So. Hailey DeGolia*, So. Jessica Embick*, Fr. Jenny Forster, Fr. Caitlin Iversen, So. Lara Jackson*, So. Lindsey Kelly*, Sr. Whitney Myers*, Jr. Lacey Nymeyer*, So. Justine Schluntz, So. Kathryn Thompson*, So. Anna Turner*, Fr. Leone Vorster, Fr. Joni Zimmerman.</SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">* - Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></TD></TR> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 1; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-RIGHT: 1.5pt; BORDER-TOP: red 1pt inset; PADDING-LEFT: 1.5pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1.5pt; BORDER-LEFT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-TOP: 1.5pt; BORDER-BOTTOM: red 1pt inset; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; mso-border-alt: inset red .75pt"> <P style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 12pt; COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P><B style="mso-bidi-font-weight: normal"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2007<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Pac-10 Champions ? </SPAN></B><st1:State w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Arizona</SPAN></st1:place></st1:State><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> defended its Pac-10 title Saturday, Feb 17, climbing seven spots from the first day of competition to win the meet with 1,481.5 points <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>At last year&rsquo;s championships, the women won the meet with a total of seven titles, including four individual and three relay, however this year one individual victory and one relay victory was enough to capture the Pac-10 crown. <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The victory was the third Pac-10 Championship title for the women in school history, as they won in 2000, 2006 and 2007.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>&ldquo;It took us all the way to the last day of competition, but we took the lead,&rdquo; head swimming coach Frank Busch said. &ldquo;I&rsquo;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.&rdquo;<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>On the first full day of competition, sophomore Lara Jackson posted the first and only individual title for the Wildcats in the 50 free. Jackson tied with Cal&rsquo;s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson&rsquo;s own school record as well.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>The 200 free relay team of Jackson, Nymeyer, Turner and Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">A look at the competition:</SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them this week, taking on the best teams in the nation, as a total of 307 athletes from 57 institutions are qualified to compete at the Championships. The top-teams to defeat are the defending national Champions, <st1:City w:st="on"><st1:place w:st="on">Auburn</st1:place></st1:City>, which won last year&rsquo;s competition with 518.5 points, while qualifying 20 athletes for this year&rsquo;s competition. Top-ranked Stanford has 16 girls competing, while No. 9 Georgia, which finished second at the meet last year, has 11 athletes competing.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">What Happened Last Year -</SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> The <st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State> women&rsquo;s swimming and diving team completed the NCAA Championships in <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:City w:st="on">Athens</st1:City>, <st1:State w:st="on">Ga.</st1:State></st1:place> on March 18, 2006. The No. 4 Wildcats finished third for the third year in a row with 415 points while posting two individual titles by junior Whitney Myers and three relay titles, which is the most ever accumulated at the meet in school history.<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN></SPAN><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Unicode MS'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt; TEXT-INDENT: 0.5in"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Seven different Wildcats broke a total of 18 records over the course of the three-day meet including nine school, five pool, two U.S Open and two NCAA.<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Unicode MS'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> </SPAN><SPAN style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: 'Arial Unicode MS'; mso-fareast-font-family: 'Times New Roman'"><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="FONT-SIZE: 8.5pt; COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><st1:State w:st="on"><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Arizona</SPAN></B></st1:State><B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> NCAA Championships History ?</SPAN></B><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <SPAN style="mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Since 1991, the <st1:place w:st="on"><st1:State w:st="on">Arizona</st1:State></st1:place> women have finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championships. While the Wildcats have never taken a national team title, there have been a total of 24 national champions (individual and relay combined). With the exception of the 2003 NCAA Championships, the women have posted at least one national title every year since 1995.</SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"> <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P> <TABLE class=MsoNormalTable cellSpacing=0 cellPadding=0 border=1> <P> <TBODY> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 0; mso-yfti-firstrow: yes"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-RIGHT: 1.5pt; BORDER-TOP: red 1pt inset; PADDING-LEFT: 1.5pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1.5pt; BORDER-LEFT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-TOP: 1.5pt; BORDER-BOTTOM: red 1pt inset; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; mso-border-alt: inset red .75pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Past NCAA Championships:<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">Year<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Place<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>Points<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2006<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>3<SUP> </SUP>rd<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>415<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2005<SPAN style="mso-tab-count: 1"> </SPAN>3rd<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>440<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2004<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>3rd<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>369<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2003<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>9th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>209<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2002<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>5th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>291<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2001<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>5th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>304<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">2000<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>2nd<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>472<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1999<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>4th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>332 <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1998<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>2nd<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>378<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1997<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>4th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>351.5<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1996<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>6th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>251<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1995<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>5th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>250 <o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1994<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>10th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>151<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1993<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>6th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>250<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1992<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>5th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>272<o:p></o:p></SPAN></P> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black">1991<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>7th<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN>163<SPAN style="mso-spacerun: yes"> </SPAN><o:p></o:p></SPAN></P></TD></TR> <TR style="mso-yfti-irow: 1; mso-yfti-lastrow: yes"> <TD style="BORDER-RIGHT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-RIGHT: 1.5pt; BORDER-TOP: red 1pt inset; PADDING-LEFT: 1.5pt; PADDING-BOTTOM: 1.5pt; BORDER-LEFT: red 1pt inset; PADDING-TOP: 1.5pt; BORDER-BOTTOM: red 1pt inset; BACKGROUND-COLOR: transparent; mso-border-alt: inset red .75pt"> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><SPAN style="COLOR: black"><o:p> </o:p></SPAN></P></TD></TR> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P> <P></P></P></TABLE> <P class=MsoNormal style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><o:p> </o:p></P>
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