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Cory Chitwood Named Swimmer of the Month
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 12, 2011
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Jan. 12, 2011

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. - University of Arizona junior backstroker Cory Chitwood was named the Pac-10 Conference's December Swimmer of the Month after impressive performances at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational held last month in Austin, Texas.

Chitwood led the Wildcats with a stellar showing at one of the toughest invitationals annually in the country, winning the 100 back, 200 back, 200 I.M. and 400 medley relay events.  Chitwood posted two NCAA automatic cut times and recorded some of the fastest backstroke times in the nation this season.

Last year's NCAA champion in the 200 back, Chitwood looks to have a shot at winning three NCAA events in 2011 as he recorded a 46.56 in the 100 back, a 1:41.07 in the 200 back (currently the nation's top time) and a 1:43.47 in the 200 I.M.

Additionally, each went down as a win at the Texas Invitational. Chitwood also helped the Cats to an NCAA automatic cut time of 3:08.16 in the 400 medley relay and a runner-up standing in the 200 medley relay.

This is the second monthly honor from the conference Chitwood has receieved during his time at Arizona.

--In the latest CSCAA / TYR rankings released today, the UA men's swimming team charts in at No. 2 overall for the second consecutive polling. The Wildcats trail only No. 1 Texas, whom they'll face off against in a dual meet later this month in Austin.

--On the women's side, the Cats are ranked No. 7 for the third consecutive poll period.  Last weekend, the women topped Oregon State and Northern Arizona in a double dual meet held at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

--Next up on the schedule, the Cats host a couple of fellow Pac-10 swimming powers as No. 3 / 1 (men's/ women's) ranked Stanford and No. 4 / 4 California held to Tucson to swim against Arizona over the weekend of Jan. 21-22. The Cardinal will be up first on Friday afternoon, followed by the Golden Bears next Saturday.

--On Friday afternoon, the team will participate in a community service function with Ben's Bells, a local Tucson community service project designed to help spread kindness among the Tucson community. 

Margo Geer P12 WOTY