Stanford, Calif. - The No. 5 men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams posted their first losses of the season Friday, to Stanford at the Avery Aquatic Center. The women (7-1, 4-1 Pac-10) fell to the No. 3 Cardinal (11-0, 2-0 Pac-10) 137-106, while the men (3-1, 2-1 Pac-10) were defeated by No. 2 Stanford (2-0, 2-0 Pac-10) 127-115.
“As a group we performed really well,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The men had a lot of great swims, but they were also competing against a great team. It was one of those meets that was good to the very end, where every race was close and made a difference. The women did a great job as well against an outstanding Stanford team. I saw some great performances out of the girls today, and that is promising for tomorrow’s competition with Cal.”
On the women’s side, the Wildcats posted several first-place finishes beginning with the 400-medley relay of senior Jenna Gresdal, senior Erin Sieper, junior Whitney Myers and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who finished the race with a time of 3:40.54.
Nymeyer captured a pair of individual events for the Wildcats as she won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:48.81 and the 500 freestyle as well (4:50.67).
Myers tallied another win for Arizona in the 200 IM, defeating Stanford’s Dana Kirk with a time of 2:00.62, while later placing second in the 200 butterfly (2:00.74), followed by senior Lisa Pursley who finished fourth in the race (2:04.76).
Sieper also posted an individual win in the 200 breaststroke, finishing with a time of 2:15.28, while freshman Jessica Embick and sophomore Jacquelyn Craft finished third and fourth.
Gresdal finished second in the 50 freestyle (23.34), while freshman Lindsey Kelly finished third with a time of 23.34.
Sophomore Courtney Cashion finished second in the 200 freestyle with a time of 51.10 and Kelly finished fourth (52.05). Gresdal took the third-place position in the 200 backstroke with a time of 2:00.5.
Ending the swimming events for the women was the 400 free relay team of Cashion, freshman Anna Turner, Kelly and freshman Taylor Baughman, who finished second with a time of 3:25.60.
In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning finished first in the 1-meter competition posting 172.40 points and finished second in the 3-meter with 203.45 points. Junior Megan MacDonald finished fourth in the 1-meter (149.90) and fifth in the 3-meter (152.85) as well.
The men also posted many notable performances winning five swimming events and one diving event. The 400 medley relay team of sophomores Nick Thoman, Ivan Barnes, Albert Subirats and junior Adam Ritter started things off for Arizona, winning the race in a time of 3:12.89.
In the 1000 freestyle, sophomore Matt Biel finished second (9:14.36), senior Tyler DeBerry finished third (9:17.76) and freshman David Pursley was fourth (9:20.07).
Senior Simon Burnett finished second in the 200 freestyle behind Stanford’s junior Andy Grant with a time of 1:35.95.
Senior Lyndon Ferns posted the first individual win for the Wildcats in the 50 freestyle with a time of 20.13, while Subirats finished third (20.62). In the 200 IM, Ritter finished second (1:48.16) and senior Dave Rollins finished third (1:49.32) and in the 200 butterfly, sophomore Darren Maxwell finished third (1:50.00).
Ferns tallied another win for Arizona after swimming the 100 freestyle in a time of 43.96. Ritter finished in second place with a time of 44.45.
In the 200 backstroke, Burnett finished second (1:45.35), while Thoman finished close behind in third (1:45.37).
Barnes won the 200 breaststroke in a time of 1:58.29 as Rollins finished fourth (2:01.25).
Finishing today’s events was the 400 free relay team of Burnett, Ferns, freshman Nicolas Nilo, who joined the team last week from Brazil, and Subirats, who won the event in a time of 2:57.65.
On the diving side for the men, senior John Collier won the 3-meter competition with 220 points while finishing second in the 1-meter (160.95). Sophomore Jeff Hagedon was injured during the meet when he hit the water oddly after diving off of the 3-meter board; however, he is recovering nicely and will make the trip back home with the team.
“I think we did very well under the circumstances,” said head diving coach Michel Mitchell. “With traveling and dealing with an injured teammate, the kids did very well and are right on target for performing well at the Pac-10 Championships and the Zone ?'E’ Championships as well.”
The Wildcats will resume competition tomorrow at 12 p.m. (PST) when they travel to Berkeley, Calif. to take on the Golden Bears.