Feb. 24, 2011
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - In the first full day of action at the Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center, the Wildcats posted 13 athletes into evening heats including three into championship finals.
Alyssa Anderson led the way for UA as she recorded the fastest time in the 500 freestyle, 4:41.87, just out-touching her little sister, Haley of USC, by three hundredths of a second. Alyssa will swim out of lane four tonight with Haley right next to her in lane five. The elder Anderson will be vying for her second Pac-10 title in the 500 free.
Also earning consolation swims in the 500 were senior Susana Helms and freshman Lindsay Seemann. Helms was 12th overall in 4:48.31 followed by Seemann in 15th at 4:49.33. Monica Drake qualified for the C heat with a time of 4:51.11, good for 19th overall in prelims.
Arizona did not have a championship heat qualifier in the 200 I.M. but did have junior Hannah Ross squeak into the consolation heat in 16th place with a time of 2:01.04. Chelsey Salli and Dana Christ will each swim in the C heat of the 200 I.M. also recording times of 2:01.65 and 2:02.23.
In the 50 freestyle sprint, freshman Margo Geer was sixth overall with a time of 22.40 and will swim in the championship heat later tonight against a heavy field of Cardinal and Golden Bear reps. Fellow freshmen Kait Flederbach and Grace Finnegan also achieved consolation swims in the 50 as they posted times of 22.87 and 23.01, respectively.
In diving action, freshman Samantha Pickens earned her way into the championship final in the women's 1-meter springboard by scoring a 298.35 over six dives. Pickens was the third-highest qualifer in the event. Ainsley Oliver just missed making the top eight as well as she finished 10th overall with a score of 263.30.