University of Arizona coach Frank Busch and four current or former Wildcats will head to Montreal this weekend for the XI Fina World Championships, starting off a cross-country tour for the coach and some of his charges.
2005 graduate Emily Mason, upcoming junior Whitney Myers, sophomore Lacey Nymeyer and Olympic gold medalist and former UA great Roland Schoeman of South Africa will participate in various events in the competition on the islands of the Parc Jean-Drapeau in the St. Lawrence River in the Quebec Province July 24-31.
Myers will compete in the 200-meter freestyle, the 200 individual medley and on the 800 free relay. Mason will swim in the 200 butterfly, Nymeyer will be a member of the U.S. 400 free relay and Schoeman will contend in three events -- the 50 free, 50 fly and 100 free. All three women scored points in finals of the NCAA Championships to help UA finish No. 3 this past spring, including Mason's second consecutive NCAA title in the 500 free.
Parc Jean-Drapeau and insets of aquatic centers
Busch, Pac-10 women's coach of the year in 2005, will serve as a coach for the women's team, headed by Georgia coach Jack Bauerle. "It's a great honor and easily one of the best meets in the world, any time, any year," Busch said. "These kids are in great shape for some good swims."
After the World Championships Busch and the three women will swivel across country to Irvine, Calif., to participate in the Aug. 2 "Dual in the Pool" competiton in head-up competition against Australia, then stay in Irvine for the U.S. Nationals, Aug. 3-7, joined by several other UA swimmers and others who train with the Ford Team at UA's Hillenbrand Aquatic Center under Busch and his assistants.