LONG BEACH, Calif. ?C The University of Arizona swimming team successfully defended the school's Women's Swimming Pac-10 Championship Saturday night at Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool in Long Beach, Calif.
The Cats, in fact, won their third consecutive league title in a row.
The Wildcats defeated runnerup Stanford by a score of 1501-1472. California finished in third with a score of 1262.
"Tonight was exciting," said Arizona head coach Frank Busch, "The girls did a great job. It was nice to see them step up and have a great night."
Susana Helms (16:27.79) and Joni Keith (16:33.52) got the Cats out of the gates when they finished in sixth and eighth place respectively, in the 1650 free final.
Andrea Boritzke kept it going with a second place finish in the 200 yard backstroke. Boritzkeˇ?s time was 1:55.68, behind Calˇ?s Lauren Rodgers at 1:55.53. Kathryn Thompson (1:58.81) of UA finished in tenth place with a time of 1:58.81.
Senior Lacey Nymeyer won the 100 yard free with a time of 48.20, while junior Justine Schluntz finished in sixth place (48.98). Also placing for the Wildcats were Taylor Baughman (49.33) in 10th, Anna Turner (49.52) in 11th, Lindsey Kelly (49.67) in 12th and Emma Darlington (49.93) in 14th place.
In the 200 yard breaststroke USC Junior Rebecca Soni set an NCAA record when she swam a time of 2:06.11. Arizonaˇ?s Annie Chandler (2:11.82) finished in 5th place while teammate Jacquelyn Craft finished in 6th place with a time of 2:12.51. Junior Jessica Embick finished in 9th place (2:11.61).
USCˇ?s Rebecca Soni was named the Pac-10 Championship Swimmer of the Meet.
In the 200 yard fly, Stanfordˇ?s Elaine Breeden (1:52.27) beat out Calˇ?s Dana Vollmer (1.52.37) for first place. Jenny Forster finished in 10th place. Forsterˇ?s time was 1:59.73.
The final event of the night and the meet was the 400 yard free relay where Arizona finished in second place (3:15.34) clinching the team victory in the 2008 Pac-10 Championships. Arizona swam Schluntz, Nymeyer, Baughman and Katherine Raatz. Cal won the event with a time of 3:13.22. Stanford finished in third place (3:16.00).
Coach Busch called the victory a total team effort. "Now we have the next three weeks to go out and prepare for NCAAs,"
Final Team Totals, 2008 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Champinships
1. University of Arizona 1501
2. Stanford University 1472
3. Univ. of California Berkeley 1262
4. Univ. California Los Angeles 938
5. Univ. of Southern California 779
6. Arizona State University 727.5
7. University of Washington 623
8. Oregon State University 377
9. Washington State University 337.5