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Men?s Swim and Dive Compete at Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 02, 2005
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This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 8 Arizona men’s swimming team will compete at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on March. 2-5 at the Belmont Plaza in Long Beach, Calif. Preliminary action will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will start at 6 p.m.


A Look at the Wildcats ?- The men’s swimming and diving team is currently ranked No. 8 with a 6-4 overall record (2-3 Pac-10). The Wildcats feature some of the best swimmers in the nation, including 2004 Olympic competitors Lyndon Ferns, Simon Burnett and Gerhard Zandberg. Ferns won the gold medal in the 400-meter free relay for South Africa. Burnett, who competed for Britain, is currently ranked No. 1 in the nation for two individual events including the 50-yard freestyle and the 200-yard freestyle. He now holds the U.S. Open, NCAA and Pac-10 records in the 200-yard freestyle due to his performance at the Texas Invitational in December.  


The Competition: The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them this week, taking on  the best teams in the nation including Cal, who has recently taken the top-spot in the rankings posting a 9-0 overall record (4-0 Pac-10).


                  Rank                  School

                     1                     Cal

3                                                               3                     Stanford

4                                                               8                     Arizona

9                     USC


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 10 years of Pac-10 Championships:

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 Seattle, Wash. and will add their cumulative scores with the men’s swimming team score at the end of the championships this week. Junior John Collier finished fourth on the 3-meter board with 525.60 points and seventh with in the 1-meter with 274.90 points. Freshman Jeff Hagedon finished 15th in the 3-meter competition with 303.90 points and 13th in the 1-meter(191.40 points).


Women at the Pac-10 Championships ?- The women’s team completed competition at the Pac-10 Championships last week on February 26, in Seattle, Wash. as they finished second with 1,237 points, a total of four conference titles and posted a new meet record.

2005 Pac-10 Champions - Senior Emily Mason took the first Pac-10 title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.21. Junior Jenna Gresdal, senior Jessica Hayes, junior Marshi Smith and freshman Courtney Cashion took the second title for the Wildcats in the 200-yard free relay, setting a new Pac-10 meet record with a time of 1:30.07. Cal set the previous record in 2002 with a time of 1:30.47. Smith is also the co-Pac-10 champion in the 100-yard backstroke as she tied with freshman Katie Arnold from UCLA with a time of 53.22. For the fourth and final conference title, the 400-yard free relay team composed of junior Ryann Hackett, Cashion, Gresdal and freshman Lacey Nymeyer won with a time of 3:18.01.


Who’s Qualified for NCAA’s - The women are currently returning seven swimmers to the NCAA Championships on March 17-19, and have 11 total swimmers qualified to compete. The divers will compete at the Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships next week to qualify for the NCAA Championships.


Name                                             Event(s)

Courtney Cashion                     200 free/ 100 free/ 50 free

Jenna Gresdal *                        50 free/ 100 free/ 100 back

Ryann Hackett *                       400 free relay

Jessica Hayes *                       200 free/ 100 back/ 200 back

Emily Mason *                          500 free/ 400 IM/ 200 fly

Whitney Myers *                       200 IM/ 100 fly/ 200 fly

Lacey Nymeyer                        50 free/ 200 free/ 100 free

Lisa Pursley                            100 fly/ 200 fly

Erin Sieper *                            100 breast/ 200 breast

Marshi Smith *                         50 free/ 100 back/ 200 back

Emily Strouse                          400 IM


* Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor and 2004 First Team All-American.   



Individual Rankings (Top-Five)



Event      Name                   Rank      Time

50 Free      Jenna Gresdal      4th      22.52
100 Free    Lacey Nymeyer     3rd      48.80

500 Free    Emily Mason       1st      4:40.51

100 Back    Jenna Gresdal      5th      53.68

100 Breast    Erin Sieper         5th      1:01.16

200 Breast    Erin Sieper         3rd      2:11.29

100 Fly         Whitney Myers    2nd      52.89

200 Fly       Emily Mason         2nd      1:55.40

200 IM        Whitney Myers      4th      1:58.38

200 Free Relay                        4th      1:30.55

400 Free Relay                        4th      3:17.55

400 Medley Relay                    5th      3:38.47



50 Free      Simon Burnett         1st      19.28

                  Lyndon Ferns         3rd      19.45

100 Free     Lyndon Ferns         4th      42.57

200 Free     Simon Burnett        1st      1:32.22*

100 Fly       Lyndon Ferns         1st      46.04


* U.S. Open/NCAA/Pac-10 Record


Arizona’s Next Action ?- The men and women’s diving teams will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. On March 10-12 to compete at the Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships in order to qualify for the NCAA Championships.  



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