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Arizona Swim/Dive Seniors Embark on Last Homestand
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/26/2012
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Jan. 26, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. -

Fourteen swimmers and divers will swim in their last home meet as Wildcats this Saturday, Jan. 28, when No. 1/9 Arizona hosts No. 2/4 Texas at 11 a.m. at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.), Emma Darlington (Tucson, Ariz.) and Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) stand as the three seniors that redshirted a year and swam on the 2008 National Championship team.

In addition, swimmers Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.), Grace Kittle (Dallas, Texas), Nick Hadinger (Tucson, Ariz.), Kevin Munsch (Kent, Wash.), Cameron Owen (Fishers, Ind.), Luke Pechmann (Moorhead, Minn.), Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.), Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.), Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) and divers Andres Guerra (Sugarland, Texas) and Ainsley Oliver (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) will all compete in their last meet at Hillenbrand.

In four years, the senior Wildcats have posted six NCAA Championship finishes in the top six in men’s and women’s competition.

This season, the seniors lead a squad in which five individuals and four relay teams are currently posting the fastest times in the country. The men have not lost a dual meet and the women have lost three close competitions, all to teams ranked in the top 10.

Saturday’s matchup will be particularly interesting in the men’s competition, as Arizona is currently ranked No. 1 and Texas comes in at No. 2.

The Wildcat men have not lost in a dual meet this season, defeating No. 3 Stanford, No. 5 USC, No. 6 California, No. 14 Iowa, Wisconsin and UNLV.

Similarly, the Texas men have swept their dual meets this season, defeating No. 8 Auburn, No. 10 Georgia and No. 22 Southern Methodist.

The teams met in an invite format in Austin, where the Wildcats won 10 of 18 events.

Arizona currently has seven of the fastest times among all NCAA Division I swimmers and 15 additional times in the top five. Texas has eight times that land in the top five.

On the women’s side, the Wildcats may be the underdog, but have proven they can compete after winning seven events out of 18 at the Texas Invite.

The Texas women have lost one dual meet this season, falling to No. 3 Auburn, but have defeated SMU, No. 12 Indiana, No. 17 Michigan, No. 6 Texas A&M and No. 5 Georgia.

The senior recognition ceremony will begin at 10:45 and the meet will follow.

For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Swimming and Diving, check back with ArizonaWildcats.com.

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