Nov. 12, 2010
LOS ANGELES - The University of Arizona swimming and diving team earned a split today against Southern California at the McDonalds Swim Stadium in the first conference dual meet of the season. The No. 5 UA men won 190-110, while the No. 7 women fell by that same margin.
The 200 medley relay started just as the final results would show, with the Arizona men and SC women each grabbing the event. The Wildcat men, led by the foursome of Mitchell Friedemann, Kelley Wyman, Adam Small and Nick Popov took the victory with a winning time of 1:29.08. The Cats would 1-2 the event with the B team finishing second in 1:29.28.
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Cory Chitwood each looked solid today for the Cats. Shapira Bar-Or won the 100 and 200 freestyle events with times of 43.81 and 1:35.96, respectively and finished second in the 100 fly in 47.91.
Chitwood also won multiple events, taking the 100 and 200 backstroke events in 48.18 and 1:44.58. In the 400 I.M., he finished runner-up behind teammate Austen Thompson who recorded a first-place time of 3:52.08.
Kevin Munsch proved to be the fastest swimmer in the breaststroke competitions against the Trojans. Munsch took both the 100 and 200 breaststroke events with times of 55.01 and 1:58.33, respectively. Sophomore Carl Mickelson finished runner-up in both events behind Munsch.
A.J. Tipton, following the lead set by Shapira Bar-Or, Chitwood and Munsch, also claimed two events Friday, winning the 100 and 200 butterfly events. Tipton posted a winning time of 47.78 in the 100 and 1:45.81 in the 200.
To close the men's meet, the 200 free relay team of Wyman, Friedemann, Small and Shapira Bar-Or posted the top time, winning the race in 1:19.73.
On the women's side, Margo Geer paced the Cats, winning the 50 and 100 free events while finishing runner-up in the 200 free. Geer's time of 49.00 in the 100 free was her fastest of the season, while her 22.83 in the 50 free wasn't too bad either.
UA's other event winner on the women's side was Ellyn Baumgardner who won the 100 breaststroke in 1:02.04.
Along with the regular dual meet competition, there was also a little sibling rivalry in the water between UA's Alyssa Anderson and her little sister, USC's Haley Anderson. On Friday, the younger Anderson got the better of her older sis, outpacing her in both the 500 and 1000 freestyle for event wins. Alyssa was second in each race.
In the women's 200 freestyle relay, the Arizona quartet of Geer, Grace Finnegan, Sarah Denninghoff and Kait Flederbach won the event to close the afternoon. The UA team outpaced SC with a time of 1:31.67.
In diving action, USC's Tori Ishimatsu and Harrison Jones swept the women's and men's 1-meter and 3-meter competitions, respectively. UA's Ainsley Oliver and Samantha Pickens each posted runnr-up finishes on the women's side. For the men, Andres Guerra led the way with a runner-up score of 278.33 in the 1-meter.
Tomorrow, the women's team will face No. 24 UCLA while the men will swim against USC for a second day.