Feb. 15, 2003
TUCSON, Ariz. - Both Arizona men and women's swimming and diving squads defeated intra-state rival Arizona State on Saturday during Senior Day from the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Wildcat women led by three victories from sophomore Emily Mason and two apiece from juniors Jessica Wagner and Claire Febvay and freshman Lisa Pursley, squashed the Sun Devils, 166-131. Arizona's women raised their record to 6-3, 4-1 in the Pac-10.
The 'Cats women have now defeated Arizona State for six consecutive years.
Junior Jessica Wagner dominated Saturday's action with wins in both the 100 and 200y breast. Wagner completed the 100y breast in 1:02.87, and the 200y in 2:17.68.
Elsewhere, Emily Mason continued to leave her competition in the dust as she accrued three victories during Saturday's competition. Mason won the second event in the meet, the 1000y free, in a time of 10:16.25. Mason, who is the defending Pac-10 Champ in the 500y free, was victorious in that event as well (5:00.81). She topped off her fantastic day with a win in the 200y IM (2:07.59)
For the Wildcat divers, Febvay continued her string of victories at home with wins in both the 1 and 3-meter platform events. She tallied 181.10 points in the 1-meter and 199 in the 3-meter, en route to multiple victories. For the Wildcat men, junior Josh Anderson placed second in both the 1 and 3-meter with scores of 206 and 223.05, respectively.
Arizona's men's squad also won their meet on Saturday, but only after a furious comeback in the final two events, allowing them to edge the Sun Devils, 150-149. Arizona's first dual meet victory was not looking promising with two events remaining in the meet, as the 'Cats trailed 141-121.
However, the trio of freshman Dave Rollins, junior Juan Veloz and senior Jeff Dash claimed the top three spots in the 200y IM with times of 1:52.34, 1:52.38 and 1:52.67, reducing Arizona's deficit to only seven.
Arizona closed the meet Saturday by finishing both first and third in the final event to give the team a one-point victory. The Wildcat quartet of freshmen Simon
Burnett and Lyndon Ferns and juniors Luis Rojas and Eric la Fleur posted first with a time of 2:59.27 and Arizona juniors Zack Ferguson, Veloz, sophomore Dan Wimer and Dash placed third by touching the wall in 3:08.54.
Saturday's win avenges last year's defeat at the hands of the Sun Devils for the Wildcat men (1-6, 1-3 in Pac-10), as well as it marks their first dual meet victory of the season.
In total, twelve different Wildcats won events throughout Saturday's action including junior Luis Rojas, sophomore Jessica Hayes, and senior Beth Botsford, among many others. Freshmen Lyndon Ferns won each of the individual events in which he competed, the 50 and 100y free.
Saturday's meet concludes the dual-meet season for the Wildcats, and now championship season now arrives. Next up is the Pac-10 Championships for the women's swimmers and the men's divers. Competition commences two weekends from Saturday from Federal Way, Wash. The University of California hosts this year's championships