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Wildcats Host Longhorns in Two-day Competition
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 01/26/2006
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This Week in the Pool ?- The fifth-ranked Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams will play host to the Texas Longhorns for a two-day dual meet on Jan. 27-28 at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Competition will begin at 2 p.m. (MST) Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.

 

 

A look at the Wildcats ?- Both men’s and women’s teams posted their first losses of the season last weekend when they traveled to northern California to take on Stanford and Cal. The women’s record dropped to 7-2 (4-2 Pac-10), while the men now post a record of 3-2 (2-2 Pac-10). Even though the Wildcats endured two losses, both teams remain in the top-five of the CSCAA Coaches Poll.

 

A Look at the Opponents ?- The Texas women are currently ranked 10th posting an overall record of 3-3-1. The Lady Longhorns placed second at the 2005 Texas Invitational behind Arizona with 652 points. Texas’s last competition was against Texas A&M for the 2006 edition of the State Farm Lone Star Showdown on Jan. 18. Texas won 13 of 16 events, downing the Aggies 198-94.

 

            The men are currently ranked No. 7 with an overall record of 3-2. The Longhorns also placed second at the 2005 Texas Invitational with 619 points after dropping a 32-point lead to the Wildcats. Texas’ latest competition was on Jan. 14 when they defeated 12th-ranked Georgia 136-107 while winning eight of 13 events.

 

What Happened Last Year? -  The Wildcats competed in Austin, Texas on Jan. 28 and 29, 2005 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center in a double-dual meet against  the Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs. The seventh-ranked women upset No. 6 SMU 189-161 while falling to No. 4 Texas 180.5-170.5.

 

            The No. 5 men’s team posted a similar outcome, defeating SMU 265-85 while falling to the No. 9 Texas Longhorns 180.5-159.5.

 

 

Arizona’s last time in the water ?-

 

Vs. Stanford:

            Both teams posted their first losses of the season on Jan. 21 and 22 against Stanford and California.

 

In Friday’s meet against Stanford, The women fell to the No. 3 Cardinal 137-106, while the men were defeated by No. 2 Stanford 127-115.

 

“As a group we performed really well,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The men had a lot of great swims, but they were also competing against a great team. It was one of those meets that was good to the very end, where every race was close and made a difference.” 

 

On the women’s side, the Wildcats posted several first-place finishes beginning with the 400-medley relay of senior Jenna Gresdal, senior Erin Sieper, junior Whitney Myers and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who finished the race with a time of 3:40.54.

 

Nymeyer captured a pair of individual events for the Wildcats as she won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.81 and the 500 freestyle as well (4:50.67).

 

            Myers tallied another win for Arizona in the 200 IM, defeating Stanford’s Dana Kirk with a time of 2:00.62, while later placing second in the 200 butterfly (2:00.74), followed by senior Lisa Pursley who finished fourth in the race (2:04.76).

 

            Sieper also posted an individual win in the 200 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:15.28, while freshman Jessica Embick and sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third and fourth.

 

            Gresdal finished second in the 50 freestyle (23.34), while freshman Lindsey Kelly finished third with a time of 23.34.

 

Sophomore Courtney Cashion finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 51.10 and Kelly finished fourth (52.05). Gresdal took the third-place position in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.5.

           

            Ending the swimming events for the women was the 400 free relay team of Cashion, freshman Anna Turner, Kelly and freshman Taylor Baughman, who finished second with a time of 3:25.60.

 

            In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning finished first in the 1-meter competition posting 172.40 points and finished second in the 3-meter with 203.45 points. Junior Megan MacDonald finished fourth in the 1-meter (149.90) and fifth in the 3-meter (152.85) as well.

 

            The men also posted many notable performances winning five swimming events and one diving event. The 400 medley relay team of sophomores Nick Thoman, Ivan Barnes, Albert Subirats and junior Adam Ritter started things off for Arizona, winning the race in a time of 3:12.89.

 

            In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Matt Biel finished second (9:14.36), senior Tyler DeBerry finished third (9:17.76) and freshman David Pursley was fourth (9:20.07).

 

            Senior Simon Burnett finished second in the 200 freestyle behind Stanford’s junior Andy Grant with a time of 1:35.95.

 

            Senior Lyndon Ferns posted the first individual win for the Wildcats in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.13, while Subirats finished third (20.62). In the 200 IM, Ritter finished second (1:48.16) and senior Dave Rollins finished third (1:49.32) and in the 200 butterfly, sophomore Darren Maxwell finished third (1:50.00).

 

            Ferns tallied another win for Arizona after swimming the 100 freestyle in a time of 43.96. Ritter finished in second place with a time of 44.45.

 

            In the 200 backstroke, Burnett finished second (1:45.35), while Thoman finished close behind in third (1:45.37).

 

            Barnes won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 1:58.29 as Rollins finished fourth (2:01.25).

Finishing today’s events was the 400 free relay team of Burnett, Ferns, freshman Nicolas Nilo, who joined the team last week from Brazil, and Subirats, who won the event in a time of 2:57.65.

 

            On the diving side for the men, senior John Collier won the 3-meter competition with 220 points while finishing second in the 1-meter (160.95).

 

            “I think we did very well under the circumstances,” said head diving coach Michel Mitchell. “With traveling and dealing with an injured teammate, the kids did very well and are right on target for performing well at the Pac-10 Championships and the Zone ?'E’ Championships as well.”

 

Vs. Cal:

            On the second day of competition against the California Golden Bears, the women fell to No. 6 Cal 178-122, while the men posted a 202-98 loss to third-ranked Cal.

 

            The men tallied nine total second-place finishes beginning with the 200-medley relay team of sophomores Nick Thoman, Ivan Barnes, Albert Subirats and senior Simon Burnett (1:28.30). Sophomore Matt Biel finished second in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:09.91 and senior Tyler DeBerry finished third (9:13.54). Burnett also took second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:37.07, while Thoman finished second in the 100 backstroke (48.32).

 

            In the 100 breaststroke, Barnes posted another second place finish for the Wildcats with a time of 54.35 and Thoman finished second as well in the 200 backstroke (1:47.06). Barnes also finished third in the 200 breaststroke (2:00.06).

 

Senior Lyndon Ferns posted the only first place finishes on the swimming end, first in the 100 freestyle with a time of 44.33, and also in the 100 butterfly (48.06). DeBerry placed third in the 500 freestyle (4:29.64) with Biel finishing not far behind in fourth place with a time of 4:29.66.

 

Senior Dave Rollins finished second in the 200 IM (1:48.50) and ending today’s events was the 200 free relay team of Ferns, Subirats, freshman Nicolas Nilo and Barnes who finished second (1:21.34).

 

In the diving well, senior John Collier finished first in the 3-meter competition with 397.20 points while placing second in the 1-meter with 332.10 points.

 

For the women’s team, the 200-medley relay team of seniors Marshi Smith, Erin Sieper, junior Whitney Myers and senior Jenna Gresdal finished second in a time of 1:42.58. Sophomore Lacey Nymeyer also finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:48.79.

 

Gresdal posted the first individual win for the Wildcats in the 100 backstroke with a time of 54.89 while freshman Jessica Embick finished third in the 100 breaststroke (1:03.51).

 

Myers finished first in the 200 butterfly in a time of 2:00.24. In the 50 freestyle Nymeyer and sophomore Courtney Cashion finished second (23.15) and third (23.63) while Gresdal finished third in the 200 backstroke (2: 01.47).

 

Embick took second place in the 200 breaststroke (2:17.33) as sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third (2:17.45). Nymeyer posted another second place finish in the 500 freestyle with a time of 4:55.39.

 

In the 100 butterfly, Myers finished first (55.36) ahead of senior Lisa Pursley (55.85) as Myers also took first place in the 200 IM with a time of 2:01.89.

 

Finishing the events for the women was the 200 free relay composed of Nymeyer, Cashion, freshman Lindsey Kelly and freshman Ann Turner who finished second with an ?'A’ NCAA qualifying time of 1:32.69.

 

Senior Tiffany Manning swept the diving events, winning both the 1-meter (319.50 points) and 3-meter (352.12) competitions. Sophomore Holly Kast finished second in both events posting 246.14 points in the 1-meter and 261.82 pints in the 3-meter.

 

Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Wildcats will complete their 2005-06 dual-meet season on Saturday, Feb. 11 when they travel to Tempe, Ariz. to take on intrastate rival Arizona State. Competition will begin at 1 p.m. (MST) at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center.

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