LONG BEACH, Calif. - After the completion of the first day of competition at the 2000 Pac-10 Women's Championships today at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the Arizona women find themselves in first place after accumulating 410 points. California is second with the 342 points, while 13-time defending conference champion Stanford is third (313 points).
Although the Wildcats claimed no individual crowns on day-one, they surged ahead of the field on the strength of second and third-place finishes in the two relay events.
The final event of day-one clinched the lead for Arizona as the squad of freshman Beth Botsford, freshman Amanda Beard, sophomore Erin Vogt and sophomore Sarah Tolar swam to a second-place finish in the 400 medley relay (3:39.30). The relay event was especially vital for the Cats due to the fact that relay events are worth twice the amount of points of the individual events.
Individually for the Cats Tolar claimed second place in the finals of the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:42.86, while her teammate, senior Trina Jackson finished third (4:47.28). Also competing in the 500-yard freestyle for Arizona was sophomore Caroline Kilian, who finished sixth, with a season-best time of 4:48.41.
Also scoring points for the Wildcats was sophomore Jenny Vanker who finished third in the finals of the 50-yard freestyle after clocking a time of 23.09 and senior Denali Knapp (eighth place; 23.74).
Another third-place finish for UA came in the finals of the 200-yard freestyle relay where the team of Knapp, Vanker, sophomore Emily Mastin and Tolar swam to a time of 1:33.18.
In the finals of the 200-yard Individual Medley, freshman Julie Manitt placed sixth, with a season-best time of 2:01.63, while Mastin finished seventh (2:02.41).
Meanwhile, at the Pac-10 Women's and Men's Diving Championships being held simultaneously at the University of Southern California, Arizona gained valuable points from junior Lindsay Berryman (1-Meter Springboard; third-place; 395.06 points) and junior Adrian David (1-Meter Springboard; fourth-place; 381.37).
In the men's diving meet junior Arno Bergstrom gained valuable points for the men's squad who will compete next weekend in Federal Way, Wash. by finishing second overall in the 3-Meter Springboard (464.30 points), while sophomore Ruben Vaca placed third (461.75).
Day two of the Pac-10 Championships begin tomorrow with the prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the finals slated for 6:00 p.m.(PST).