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Wildcats Remain in First after Second Day at Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 24, 2006
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The No. 7 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team completed the second day of the 2006 Pac-10 Championships remaining in first place with 474 points while posting another championship title, four NCAA automatic qualifying times and six consideration times.


            “The team is swimming really well right now,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The team chemistry couldn’t be any better and everyone is swimming hard and pushing through every race whether they are tired or not.”


            The Wildcats defended their conference title in the 200 free relay, marking the second Pac-10 title for the Wildcats during this competition. The team of sophomore Courtney Cashion, senior Jenna Gresdal, freshman Anna Turner and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer posted a time of 1:30.22 to win the event.


            Junior Whitney Myers finished second in the 200 individual medley (1:58.80) while freshman Hailey DeGolia placed 10th (2:01.83). Senior Katie Willis finished 19th in the 500 freestyle respectively, with a time of 4:55.69.


            In the 50 freestyle, seven Wildcats finished in the top-14, as Nymeyer finished third (22.70), Gresdal finished fifth (22.86), Cashion finished seventh (23.06) and Turner finished eighth (23.15). Rounding out the consolation finals was freshmen Taylor Baughman, Lara Jackson and sophomore Brandy Collins who finished ninth, 10th and 14th.


            “We hope we can continue this momentum throughout the meet,” Busch said. “They are swimming with a lot of strength and we hope to finish strong at this meet.”


            The men’s and women’s diving teams competed in Federal Way, Wash. this evening as senior Tiffany Manning finished third in the women’s 1-meter competition (308.50 points) and junior Megan MacDonald finished 12th (227.70 points).


            Senior John Collier placed fifth in the 3-meter event for the men’s squad with 333.20 points, while junior Patrick Sullivan finished 10th (267.60 points).


            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. University of Arizona               474   
2. Stanford University                 443
3. Univ California Los Angeles         410  
4. Univ of Southern California         390
5. Univ of California Berkeley         357  
6. Arizona State University            217
7. University of Washington            193  
8. Oregon State University             166
9. Washington State University         159                                             



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