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Wildcats Rise to Third Place after Day Two at Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 02/16/2007
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Long Beach, Calif. ?- After the second day of competition at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships, the No. 4 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team moved from eighth place to third place with 409.5 points after posting one individual and one relay conference title.

 

            The Wildcats were in eighth place with 56 points coming into tonight’s competition after completing the first two races of the championships Wednesday night. While the 200 medley relay suffered a disqualification to start off the meet, the 800 free relay team of freshman Leon?© Vorster, senior Whitney Myers, junior Lacey Nymeyer and freshman Jenny Forster finished second with a time of 7:06.11.

 

            Posting the first Pac-10 title of the meet for the Wildcats was sophomore Lara Jackson in the 50 free. Jackson tied with Cal’s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson’s own school record as well.

 

            The 200 free relay team of Jackson, Nymeyer, sophomore Anna Turner and sophomore Lindsey Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.

 

            In the first event of tonight’s finals action, Vorster finished second in the consolation finals (10th overall) of the 500 free with a time of 4:45.76.

 

             Myers finished third in the 200 IM, posting the first of five NCAA automatic qualifying times with a time of 1:58.38. Sophomore Justine Schluntz finished sixth in the event (2:01.45), while freshman Andrea Boritzke finished ninth with an automatic qualifying time of 2:00.31.

 

            Also in the 50 free, Nymeyer finished third with an automatic qualifying time of 22.29, while Turner finished 10th (22.91), Kelly finished 12th (22.98), and sophomore Taylor Baughman finished 13th (23.06).

 

            The Wildcats will return to action tomorrow for day three of the Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. Preliminaries will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will start at 6 p.m.

 

Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 7

         1. Stanford                   546.5       

         2. California                  442

         3. Arizona                   409.5  

         4. UCLA                      359

         5. USC                        262  

         6. OSU                        186

         7. Washington              181  

         8. ASU                        178

         9. Washington State      165

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