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Men?s Swim and Dive to Compete at Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 01, 2006
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This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 6 Arizona men’s swimming team will compete at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships on March.1-4 in Federal Way, Wash. at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center. Preliminary action will begin each day at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will begin at 7 p.m.


A Look at the Wildcats ?- The men’s swimming and diving team is currently ranked No.6 with a 5-2 overall record (3-2 Pac-10). The Wildcats feature some of the best swimmers in the nation, including two-time NCAA Champion Simon Burnett who posted his second national title in the 200 freestyle at last year’s NCAA Championships. Burnett is currently ranked first in the nation for the 200 freestyle, as he holds the NCAA and Pac-10 records with a time of 1:32.22. Senior Lyndon Ferns, a 2004 Olympic gold medalist in the 400-meter free relay for South Africa, will add depth for the men’s freestyle and butterfly events as he is currently ranked No. 2 in the nation for the 100 butterfly (46.04).


The Competition: The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them this week, taking on  the best teams in the nation including Stanford, who has taken the top-spot in the national rankings posting a 6-0 overall record (5-0 Pac-10).


Pac-10 Schools in the National Rankings:


                  Rank                   School
                  1                         Stanford

                  3                         California

                  4                         USC

                  6                         Arizona

                  25                        ASU



Arizona at Pac-10’s History ?- The Wildcats have finished in the top-five at the Pac-10 Championships every year since 1994. The men have never won a conference title and posted their last individual champion in 2002 as Olympic gold medalist Roland Schoeman and diver Omar Ojeda each tallied two titles.



The past 11 years of Pac-10 Championships:

2005    4th place           450 points

2004    3rd place          522.5 points

2003    5th place          392.5 points

2002    3rd place          616.5 points

2001    4th place          538 points

2000    4th place          468 points

1999    4th place          441 points

1998    5th place          417.5 points

1997    3rd place          575 points

1996    2nd place         603 points

1995    4th place          467 points

1994    5th place          404.5 points 


Diving- The men’s diving team competed with the women last week in Federal Way, Wash. and will add their cumulative scores with the men’s swimming team score at the end of the championships this week. Senior John Collier finished fifth on the 3-meter board with 333.20 points, sixth in the 1-meter with 327.05 points and eighth in the platform with 229.70 points.

            Junior Patrick Sullivan finished sixth in the platform competition, respectively, with 251.20 points. Sullivan also finished seventh in the 1-meter (310.65 points) and 10th in the 3-meter (267.60 points).


Women at the Pac-10 Championships ?- The women’s team completed competition at the Pac-10 Championships last week on Feb. 25 in Long Beach, Calif. taking claim to the 2006 conference title for the second time in school history, tallying a total of four individual champions, three relay champions and 17 NCAA automatic qualifying times.


            Arizona had been in the lead since day one of the championships, downing two of the top teams in the nation, No. 3 Cal and No. 6 Stanford, posting the best finish at the meet since 2000 when the women took first place with a total of 1,125 points and only four individual champions.


2006 Pac-10 Champions - The women posted their first conference title on the first day of competition in the 200 medley relay.  It was the first title in school history for the women in this event as seniors Marshi Smith, Erin Sieper, freshman Lara Jackson and freshman Anna Turner won the race with a time of 1:39.60.

            On the second day of the championships, the Wildcats defended their conference title in the 200 free relay. The team of sophomore Courtney Cashion, senior Jenna Gresdal, freshman Anna Turner and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer posted a time of 1:30.22 to win the event.

            After day three, Junior Whitney Myers and senior Jenna Gresdal both posted individual Pac-10 titles, marking the fourth conference title overall for the Wildcats. Myers won the 400 individual medley with a time of 4:14.18, tallying the first of six NCAA automatic qualifying times for Arizona. Gresdal won the 100 backstroke with a time of 53.05, also posting an automatic qualifying time for the 2006 national championships.


            Sophomore Courtney Cashion took the first individual title on the final day of competition for the Wildcats in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 48.59.


            Senior Tiffany Manning took the top-spot in the platform diving competition with 296.85 points, posting the first Pac-10 title for a diving event in six years.


            Finally, tallying the seventh championship title for the women was the 400 free relay team composed of Cashion, senior Jenna Gresdal, freshman Taylor Baughman and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who set a new meet record, winning with a time of 3:16.60.

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