“There was a window of opportunity,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “The opportunity (to take this meet) presented itself and we took it. There wasn’t anyone on this team, coaches included, that expected this, but with each part of the meet it became more and more clear that we were going to do it (win). The girls swam so hard and are already looking forward to the next step (the NCAA Championships).”
Sophomore Courtney Cashion took the first individual title of the evening for the Wildcats in the 100 freestyle, winning with a time of 48.59.
Senior Tiffany Manning took the top-spot in the platform diving competition with 296.85 points, posting the first Pac-10 title for a diving event in six years.
Tallying the seventh championship title for the women was the 400 free relay team composed of Cashion, senior Jenna Gresdal, freshman Taylor Baughman and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who set a new meet record, winning with a time of 3:16.60.
In the 200 backstroke, senior Marshi Smith finished seventh with at time of 1:58.02. Eight Wildcats competed in the 100 freestyle as Cashion won the event, Gresdal placed fourth (49.24), and Nymeyer finished fifth (49.47).
Senior Erin Sieper finished second in the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:12.00 while sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished fourth (2:13.82). Junior Whitney Myers also finished second in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:56.27 and senior Lisa Pursley finished 14th (2:03.02).
For the men’s platform diving competition, junior Patrick Sullivan finished sixth with 251.20 points and senior John Collier finished eighth (229.70 points).
Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 21
1325.5 Universityof Arizona
2. Univ California
1246.5 Los Angeles
1227 Stanford University
4. Univ of
5. Univ of
California 1082.5 Berkeley
670.5 Arizona State University
483.5 Oregon State University
414 Universityof Washington
399 Washington State University