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Divers Head to Los Angeles for Trojan Invite
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 10, 2005
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This Week in the Pool ?- The Arizona men’s and women’s diving teams will travel to Los Angeles, Calif., this Friday., Nov. 11 ?-12, to compete in the Trojan Invitational hosted by USC at the McDonald’s Swim Stadium. Competition begins at 10 a.m. Friday with the 3-meter, followed by the 1-meter. Platform competition will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday.


Wildcats at the Trojan Invite ?-This weekend will be the first time in five years that the diving team has competed at the Trojan Invitational. The last appearance in 2000 was a successful one, as former U of A diving standouts placed in the top-three in every event. Omar Ojeda placed first on both the 1 and 3-meter events and Lindsay Berryman placed third in the 1-meter. In the Platform competition, both the men and women’s teams took the top-two places.


Arizona in the Rankings - According to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, the Wildcats are currently ranked in the top-six for the second consecutive year. Though both teams finished third at the 2005 NCAA championships, and upset several top-ranked teams, the men post a No. 5 ranking behind Michigan while the women’s team is ranked sixth behind No. 5 California.


Arizona’s last time in the water ?- The Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began their 2005-06 dual-meet season with a pair of victories over Wisconsin and Penn State.


            The men won 13 events to defeat the Badgers 176 ?- 85, while the women won 10 total events to top Wisconsin 138.5 ?- 123.5 and the Nittany Lions 152 ?- 110.


Diving - Several divers helped contribute to the victories, including senior Tiffany Manning, who finished first on both springboard events. She scored 212.95 points in the 1-meter and 314.80 points in the 3-meter. Junior Megan MacDonald finished fourth in the 1-meter and freshman Allison Scaife finished fourth in the 3-meter.


On the men’s side, senior John Collier won both the 1-meter and 3-meter events. He scored 334.40 points on the 1-meter and 257.22 points in the 3-meter. Junior Patrick Sullivan finished second in the 1-meter (253.00), while sophomore Jeff Hagedon was third (223.45).


             Swimming - Starting things out for the women was the 400 medley relay team of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer who won the race in a time of 3:44.56.


Nymeyer won three individual events, including the 50 freestyle (23.39), 500 freestyle (4:54.63) and the 200 freestyle (1:49.79) while junior Whitney Myers finished second in the 200 freestyle (1:50.42). In the 100 backstroke, Gresdal took first place (55.40).


Sieper also took an individual victory as she won the 100 breaststroke in a time of 1:03.46, while sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third (1:04.05). Gresdal finished first in the 100 freestyle (50.89) and freshman Lindsey Kelly made her debut as a Wildcat finishing third in the race (52.52).


            Pursley finished first in the 100 butterfly (55.68), while Myers finished third in the 400 IM (4:23.15). For the final event of the evening, the 200 free relay team of Gresdal, Kelly, Pursley and Hackett took first place with a time of 1:33.11.


For the men’s team, the 400 medley relay team composed of sophomores Albert Subirats and Ivan Barnes, junior Adam Ritter and freshman Matt Barnard posted the first win for the Wildcats with a time of 3:25.07. Sophomore Matt Biel finished first in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:28.98, while freshman David Pursley finished second (9:35.35).


            Jonas Persson came in second in the 200 freestyle (1:42.27) and in the 100 backstroke, three Arizona swimmers dominated the top-three positions. Senior Simon Burnett finished first in the race (49.16), while Ritter finished second (52.03) and junior Nate Rothman was third.


            Three Wildcats took the top-three places again in the 100 breaststroke, as Barnes was first (55.89), senior Dave Rollins was second (57.70) and freshman Josh Arreguin finished third (58.40).


            Senior Lyndon Ferns finished first in the 50 freestyle (21.01), while freshman Matt Barnard was third. Senior Tyler DeBerry finished second in the 200 butterfly, while Ritter, Subirats and Persson finished in the top-three of the 100 freestyle.


            Burnett won the 200 backstroke in a time of 1:48.09, while Barnes finished first in the 200 breaststroke (2:03.94). Biel took second in the 500 freestyle (4:36.05), while DeBerry came in third. Subirats also took an individual win in the 100 butterfly (49.80) and DeBerry won the 400 IM (4:05.67). For the final race, the 200 free relay team of Burnett, Barnard, Barnes and Ferns won with a time of 1:22.90.



Arizona’s Next Action ?- The swimming and diving teams will join up again on Nov. 18 and 19, at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center for their first Pac-10 competition of the season. Both teams will take on the USC Trojans at 2 p.m. on Friday. For Saturday’s competition, the women will compete against UCLA, while the men match up against UC Santa Barbara at 12 p.m.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY