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Arizona Swimming Shows Power at Texas Invite
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: December 03, 2011
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Dec. 3, 2011

AUSTIN, Texas -

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Head coach Eric Hansen and the Arizona Swimming team posted a sensational performance at the three-day Texas Invite, which concluded Saturday in Austin, Texas. Day three was no different than the first two days, as the Wildcats continued to produce many highlights.

Senior and two-time National Champion Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.) recorded a time of 1:38.85 in the 200 back, easily qualifying him for the NCAA Championships and narrowly missing the mark for the pool record.

Sophomore Michael Sheppard (Eads, Tenn.) additionally made an A cut in the 200 back with a time of 1:41.51.

The 200 breast also proved to be a solid race for Arizona as junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) posted a time of 1:53.43, senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) finished right behind him at 1:53.50 and freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) finished at 1:53.55 in the preliminary round. All three swimmers qualified for the NCAA Championships.

"I think the depth in our breaststroke is something that is really special," Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. "Kevin Cordes raised the bar on everybody and we had two upper classmen respond. That's called being a great teammate. Everyone is trying to get better."

The Wildcat women also had a great day as sophomore Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) was at it again, recording a time of 47.76 in the 100 free and senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) posted the fastest time in the country in the 200 fly with a time of 1:54.82.

In addition, the women qualified their 400 free relay team with Geer, sophomore Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.), senior Emma Darlington (Tucson, Ariz.) and junior Monica Drake (Bloomington, Ill.).

Overall, Arizona qualified 11 individuals for 17 events and five relay teams for the NCAA Championships in March.

"Everything came together for us in these three days, these six sessions," Hansen said. "The kids that were swimming well capitalized on it and the kids that started off a little slow persevered and worked their way through it."

"We got virtually everybody we need for the NCAA Championships qualified, relays included," Hansen said. "I am excited about what the future holds. We have some work to do, but overall I am ecstatic. We have great things to look forward to and we have the team and the staff to do them."

The Wildcats will take a brief hiatus before welcoming the Iowa men's swimming team and Iowa, Ohio State, Northern Arizona and New Mexico State's women's swimming teams on Friday, Jan. 6 at 2 p.m.

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