March 2, 2003
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - Paced by the victory in the 200y back by Beth Botsford, the sixth-ranked University of Arizona women's swimming and diving squad rose one spot on Saturday to finish fourth in the 2003 Pac-10 Championships with 1,013 points. UCLA finished first despite not winning an individual title (1,399 pts.); Stanford claimed second (1,399 pts.) and USC rounded out the top three with 1,138 points. California rounded out the top five with 940 points during action that took place from the King County Aquatic Center.
The Wildcats were once again led by the former NCAA Champion Botsford won her second individual title of the weekend in the 200y back when she touched the wall in 1:55.24. Botsford defeated her nearest opponent by nearly three seconds during her swim that automatically qualified for the NCAA Championships later in March.
In the end, Botsford was the only Arizona swimmer or diver to win an individual event during this year's Pac-10's.
Elsewhere, Arizona's divers, both the men and the women, made a definite impact in Saturday's action. 2002 honorable mention All-America junior Josh Anderson was the runner-up in the platform diving final with a score of 459.80 points. For the women, All American Claire Febvay garnered fifth place with her score of 427.35 points.
Saturday was a record-breaking day for California's Natalie Coughlin and Stanford's Tara Kirk. Coughlin continued her astounding weekend when she demolished her own Pac-10/American/NCAA record in the 100y free in the time of 47.42. Kirk, who had already broken her own American/NCAA/Pac-10 record in the 100y breast Friday night, nearly bested her own record in the 200y breast but her time of 2:07.36 fell .01 short.
Arizona's women are off until the NCAA Championships later in March, but the Wildcat men take to the pool next weekend in Long Beach, Calif. for the 2003 Men's Pac-10 Championships.