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Arizona Swimmers Make a Splash at Pan-Pacific Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: August 22, 2006
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VICTORIA, British Columbia ?- After four days of competition at the 2006 Mutual of Omaha Pan Pacific Championships, University of Arizona senior Whitney Myers was named the female athlete of the meet Sunday after claiming the 200-meter individual medley crown with a time of 2:10.11.


Myers shattered USA teammate Katie Hoff’s preliminary meet-record time, while coming up only.06 seconds shy of the American record (2:10.05), which was set by Hoff at the ConocoPhillips USA Swimming National Championships earlier this month. Myers also finished second in the ?'B’ finals of the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 59.35 seconds.


Junior Lacey Nymeyer competed for Team USA as well, anchoring the 400-meter freestyle relay team to victory in a time of 3:35.80. She later swam the second leg of the first-place 800-meter freestyle relay that set a new meet record with a time of 7:54.62, and finished second in the ?'B’ finals of the 200-meter freestyle (2:00.68).


Competing for South Africa was former UA swimmers Roland Schoeman and Lyndon Ferns, and both had impressive finishes at the meet. Schoeman took second in the 50-meter freestyle with a time of 22.12 and tied for third in the 100-meter freestyle (49.09), while Ferns finished fourth in the 50-meter freestyle (22.42), fourth in the 100-meter butterfly (52.90) and fifth in the 100-meter freestyle (49.11).


Arizona head swimming coach Frank Busch was also part of the action, coaching the USA men’s and women’s teams for the third time in his career, leading the Americans to a total of 48 total medals ?- 26 gold, 19 silver and three bronze.

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