This Week in the Pool ?C The fourth-ranked Arizona womenˇ?s and third-ranked Arizona menˇ?s swimming and diving teams are geared up to face the fifth-ranked California womenˇ?s and No. 11 Cal menˇ?s teams on Friday, Jan. 25 at 1 p.m. in Berkeley, Calif.
On Saturday, Jan 26 at noon, womenˇ?s and menˇ?s teams will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. to face the third-ranked Stanford Cardinal women and the second-ranked Stanford men.
Arizona In The Rankings ?C The Arizona womenˇ?s swimming team is currently ranked fourth in the nation and posts an overall 8-0 (3-0, Pac-10) record. The men are currently ranked fourth in the nation with a overall?? 5-0 (2-0, Pac-10) record.
What Happened Last Year? ?C On Jan. 5, 2007, the Wildcat men beat the No. 5 Golden Bears of California 124-118 in Tucson, Ariz.
On Jan. 13, 2007, the Wildcat women lost to California 159-142.
On Jan. 12, 2007, the No. 2 UA womenˇ?s squad was defeated by the top-ranked Stanford Cardinal 143-93. The No. 5 men were also defeated by the No. 2 Cardinal 131-110.
A Look at the Opponents ?C The California women (3-0, 1-0) are currently ranked fifth in the nation while the men (2-0, 1-0) are ranked 11th.This will be the first meet of the new year for both Cal teams. The Golden Bear men are coming off an 18-day trip to the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs.
?The Stanford women are 2-1 with a 1-0 Pac-10 record. The Cardinal men are 2-0 and have not faced a Pac-10 opponent. Both Stanford teams will face Arizona St. on Friday Jan 25 before they face the UA. ASU will be Stanfordˇ?s first meet of the new year.
Last Time in the Pool ?CThe No. 4 Arizona womenˇ?s swimming and diving team continues to perform well. The Wildcats recorded another victory over No. 16 Texas at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Jan. 19. The score of the dual meet was 134-120. Arizonaˇ?s record is now 8-0 while Texas drops to 1-5.
?ˇ?I feel we did a good job today. I was real happy with what I saw,ˇ± Arizona head coach Frank Busch said.
The flu bug has traveled around the Arizona swim team for the past few weeks, so Arizona was not at full strength. ˇ?We had a few people sick and out today, but sickness is part of life, so yes it absolutely affected our team today,ˇ± coach Busch said.
Started the day off with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay for the Wildcats were Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Lindsey Kelly with a time of 1:40.77. The team of Justin Schluntz, Jacquelyn Craft, Ana Agy and Emma Darlington finished in second place with a time of 1:41.71.
Senior Lacey Nymeyer got Arizona back on the right track with a win in the 200 yard free (1:48.36). UAˇ?s Katherine Raatz (1:49.38) and Brie Powers (1:52.33) of Texas finished in second and third place, respectively. Schluntz finished in first place in the 100 yard backstroke with a time of 54.48. DeGolia came in second, just off the pace with a time of 55.43.
?In the 100 yard breaststroke Arizonaˇ?s Chandler came in first place (1:03.31) while the Longhornˇ?s Alison Soelter (1:05.26) finished in second place and teammate Carlye Ellis (1:07.33) came in third.
?UAˇ?s Jenny Forster won in the 200 yard butterfly with a time of 2:02.98.?
In the 100 yard free, Arizona junior Anna Turner finished in first with a time of 50.50. Texasˇ? Brie Powers finished in second (51.71). Chandler won her third race of the day with a victory in the 200 yard breaststroke with a time of 2:17.10.
The last swimming event of the day was the 200 yard free relay and the Longhornˇ?s team of Alex Basso, Brie Powers, Marisa Rodriguez and Adrienne Woods finished in first place (1:37.57). Arizonaˇ?s team of Lindsey Kelly, Raatz, Stephanie Gabert and Dana Christ came in second place (1:38.81).
Jan. 4? Arizona Men vs. Washington/SMU ?C
The No. 3 Arizona menˇ?s swimming team opened the new year with a pair of wins in a double dual meet over visiting SMU and Washington at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Jan 4. The Cats downed the Mustangs, 149-111, and took care of their Pac-10 rivals the Huskies, 163-92.
The Wildcats won nine of the 14 events on the day and finished first and second five times.
Arizonaˇ?s 200-yard medley relay team of Albert Subirats, Marcus Titus, Darian Townsend and Jordan Smith opened the day with a strong showing, posting the win with a 1:29.70 in the event. The effort placed the foursome nearly a full second and half ahead of second-place SMU and over four seconds better than UAˇ?s third-place team of Jake Tapp, Josh Arreguin, Ryan Richardson and Rob Iddiols.
Matt Biel and David Pursley started UAˇ?s one-two morning in the 1000 free, with Biel taking top honors with a 9:32.09 and Pursley second in 9:37.72. The ensuing 200 free saw Townsend touch first in a time of 1:38.56 and teammate Nicholas Nilo right behind in 1:39.21.
Subirats continued the early Arizona dominance in the 100 backstroke with a winning time of 48.27, but SMUˇ?s Pontus Renholm broke the Wildcats stranglehold on the top two spots with a second-place finish in 49.87.
UAˇ?s Cory Chitwood finished first in the 200 fly (1:50.98) to put the Wildcats back on top in the next event, and the duo of Jordan Smith (20.71) and Nilo (20.80) went one-two in the 50 free to hand Arizona its third top pairing in the first seven events.
After the break Townsend collected his third first-place finish in the meet, winning the 100 free in a time of 44.62 and was followed into the touch by teammates Smith (45.41) and Nilo (46.09).
Jack Brown and Biel wrapped up Arizonaˇ?s one-two punch in the meet in the 500 free, with Brown touching out his teammate Biel 4:34.95 to 4:35.05.
Arizonaˇ?s Next Action ?C The Men will return to action on Feb. 1 when the Longhorns of Texas travel to Tucson. The dual meet will conclude on Feb 2. The women are off until Feb. 16 when they travel with the men up to Tempe to face in-state rival ASU.