March 4, 2002
TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona women's swimming and diving team moved up one spot to finish third at the Pacific-10 Championships. The Wildcats scored 1151.5 points. Stanford won the Pac-10 title, scoring 1320.5 points. The runner-up position belonged to Southern California with a point total of 1197.5 points. Rounding out the top five were California (1096) and UCLA (1064). The event was held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif.
Senior All-American Sarah Tolar was crowned the Pac-10 champion in the 100y free when she touched the wall at 49.32. Tolar's win helped to move the Cats into third place moving ahead of Cal. Solidifying the third place finish was the 400y free relay team. The relay team, made up of senior All-Americans Jenny Vanker, Tolar and Katie Zimbone and sophomore Kristen Brennan, won the title in a time of 3:17.91. This marked the second year in a row that the Wildcats won the 400y free relay event.
In the 200y back Cal's Natalie Coughlin broke another American record when she swam to a time of 1:50.90. This was the sophomores second American record at the meet, after breaking the 100y back record on Friday.
The Arizona women will now have two weeks off before heading to Austin, Texas for the 2002 NCAA Women's Swimming and Diving Championships. NCAAs will be held at the University of Texas and will take place March 21-23.