Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Win 2006 Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 26, 2006
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Long Beach, Calif. ?- The No. 7 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team claimed the 2006 Pac-10 title for the second time in school history tonight, tallying a total of four individual champions, three relay champions and 17 NCAA automatic qualifying times.


            Arizona has been in the lead since day one of the championships, downing two of the top teams in the nation, No. 3 Cal and No. 6 Stanford, posting the best finish at the meet since 2000 when the women took first place with a total of 1,125 points and only four individual champions.


             “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).


            Arizona’s next competition is next week when the men’s swim team travels to Federal Way, Wash. on March 1-4 at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatics Center to compete at the 2006 Pac-10 Championships.


Women - Team Rankings - Through Event 21                    
1. University of Arizona            1325.5   
2. Univ California Los Angeles      1246.5
3. Stanford University                1227   
4. Univ of Southern California      1162.5
5. Univ of California Berkeley      1082.5   
6. Arizona State University          670.5
7. Oregon State University           483.5   
8. University of Washington            414
9. Washington State University         399                                             





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