This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 5 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team and the No. 4 women’s team will travel to Austin, Texas on Jan. 28-29 to take on the Longhorns at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center. Competition will begin at 6 p.m. (CST) on Friday and 11 a.m. Saturday.
A Look at the Wildcats - The Men’s team is ranked No. 5 with a 4-3 overall record (1-3 Pac-10). The women are ranked No.4 as they posted their first loss of the season last week against Stanford dropping their record to 7-1 overall (5-1 Pac-10).
A Look at the Opponents- The Texas men’s team is currently ranked No. 9 with an overall record of 2-3 recently defeating Georgia 152.5-147.5. The Texas women’s team is ranked No. 5 with a 5-1 overall record as they posted their first loss of the season on Jan. 15 against top-ranked Georgia.
Last Time in the Water ?-The women’s team defeated No. 7 California 144-99 last week, to maintain an undefeated record of 7-0 (5-0 Pac10). The men’s team fell to the No. 4 Golden Bears for their second loss of the season 136-97.
The women won 11 events, including both diving boards, beginning with the 400y medley relay team of junior Jenna Gresdal, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Courtney Cashion who won the race with a time of 3:43.88. Senior Emily Mason dominated both distance freestyle events winning the 1000y freestyle (9:56.76) as well as the 500y freestyle (4:50.98).
In the 200y freestyle, freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished second with a time of 1:49.15. Gresdal and Cashion took first and third place in the 50y freestyle with Gresdal in first-place with a time of 23.47 and Cashion was second (23.90). Mason also won the 200y individual medley (2:04.46) and Myers finished second (2:04.98). Myers later won the 200y butterfly with a time of 2:02.56.
Nymeyer finished first in the 100y freestyle (50.69) and classmate Cashion was third (51.11). Gresdal placed second in the 200y backstroke
(1:59.74) and senior Jessica Hayes came in fourth (2:03.08). Sieper swam the 200y breaststroke winning the race with a time of 2:18.47. In the final swimming event for the women, the 400y free relay team of Nymeyer, junior Marshi Smith, junior Ryann Hackett and Hayes won with a time of 3:26.72.
On the diving boards, senior Daniela Bemme placed first in both the 1 and 3-meter competitions. Bemme scored 276.75 points on the 1-meter and 276.60 points on the 3-meter. Senior Claire Febvay finished second on both boards scoring 243.97 points on the 1-meter and 263.03 on the 3-meter. Senior Megan Chambers took third-place in the 1-meter competition with 231.82 points.
“Daniela had an excellent day today,” said head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha. “ I am very pleased with the girls and their ability to compete this afternoon.”
For the men’s team, the 400y medley relay team of freshmen Nick Thoman, Ivan Barnes, Albert Subirats and Jonas Persson finished third with a time of 3:20.10. Junior Tyler DeBerry took second-place in the 1000y freestyle (9:24.30) as freshman Matt Biel was third (9:24.54). In a close race in the 200y freestyle, sophomore Adam Ritter placed second with a time of 1:39.38. Junior Lyndon Ferns blew away the competition in the 50y freestyle (20.18) and the 100y freestyle (44.29) winning both events. Thoman finished second in the 200y backstroke (1:49.21) and DeBerry was also second in the 500y freestyle (4:34.53).
In the 200y breaststroke, Barns finished first with a time of 2:02.65 and senior Nate Stevens was second (2:08.23). To finish the meet, the 400y free relay team of Ferns, Persson, Ritter and senior Simon Burnett won with a time of 3:00.44.
“We are not quite right on the men’s team yet, we are not all healthy,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The women are all set though, they had a really good meet. I knew that Cal would be really good, but this is the time of year when we have to come ready to compete.”
In the diving well, junior John Collier was the single male competitor from the Arizona squad. Collier won both events finishing with 310.35 points on the 1-meter board and 368.32 points on the 3-meter. “John’s 3-meter performance was outstanding,” said Mitchell-Rocha. “This shows that he can be a force on either board.”
“Today was an opportunity to get the bugs out,” said Mitchell-Rocha. “Stanford has a strong team which will make competition challenging for both teams tomorrow.”
AZ vs. Stanford- On Saturday, the men’s swimming and diving team fell to No. 1 Stanford 155-82 dropping their overall record to 4-3 overall (1-3 Pac-10) and thewomen’s team posted their first loss of the season, falling to the No. 8 Cardinal 165-135.
While the men were not able to upset the top-ranked Cardinal, there were many notable efforts including the 400y medley relay team of freshmen Nick Thoman, Ivan Barnes, Albert Subirats and junior Byron Jeffers who finished second with a time of 3:20.78. Junior Tyler DeBerry finished second in the 1000y freestyle (9:22.36) and freshman Matt Biel was third (9:24.74). Sophomore Adam Ritter finished third in the 200y freestyle with a time of 1:39.90.
Junior Lyndon Ferns posted the only first-place finishes in the meet dominating the 50y freestyle (20.08) and the 100y freestyle (44.27). Thoman finished third in the 200y backstroke (1:49.22) and sophomore Nate Rothman was fourth (1:50.66). Thoman was also fourth in the 200y butterfly with a time of 1:53.98.
DeBerry finished third in the 500y freestyle with a time of 4:32.45 and Biel finished fourth (4:36.31). Barnes swam the 200y breaststroke in a time of 2:02.89 finishing second. In the final swimming event for the men, the 400y free relay team of Ferns, Ritter, freshman Jonas Persson and junior Simon Burnett finished second with a time of 3:02.34.
On he diving side for the men, junior John Collier finished first in both diving events for the third consecutive meet posting a score of 345.67 on the 1-meter board.
“John is getting really consistent with his scoring,” said head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha. “They are quality scores that are good enough to make it to NCAAs in the spring.”
For the women’s swim team, the 400y medley relay team of junior Jenna Gresdal, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished second with a time of 3:45.96. Senior Emily Mason placed third in the 1000 freestyle with a time of 9:58.09.
Nymeyer won the 200y freestyle with a time of 1:49.53 and Gresdal took first place in the 100y backstroke (54.56). Gresdal tallied another individual win in the 50y freestyle with a time of 23.71 and Nymeyer also won the 100y freestyle (50.73) while freshman Courtney Cashion finished third (51.52). Mason finished second in the 200y butterfly (2:02.46) and Myers finished third (2:03.63).
Senior Jessica Hayes dominated the 200y backstroke winning the race with a time of 1:59.55 and Gresdal placed second (2:00.27). Mason finished first in the 500y freestyle (4:49.85) where she is currently ranked No.1 in the nation with a time of 4:40.51. Junior Lisa Pursley finished second in the 100y butterfly (56.96) and Myers also finished second in the 200y individual medley (2:04.93). The 400y free relay team of Cashion, Hayes, Nymeyer and junior Marshi Smith finished first with a time of 3:24.53.
“This is a hard time of year for us to compete,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch.” Since we are already qualified for the NCAA Championships it’s hard to keep motivated. We hate losing but we’ll have to keep our heads up and prepare for our upcoming meets.”
In the diving well, senior Claire Febvay won the 3-meter competition with 277.58 points while classmate Daniela Bemme was fourth (242.63 points). On the 1-meter board, Bemme placed third with 250.05 points and Febvay was fourth (244.12 points).
“It’s always a battle with Stanford,” said Mitchell-Rocha. “We always split with them. It’s good to compete at this time of year against this level of competition because it prepares us for the NCAA Championships.”
Recruits for 2005-06 ?- Six athletes have signed letters of intent with the Arizona swim team for the 2005-06 season. Justine Schluntz, from Albuquerque, NM., will swim distance freestyle events and the 400 individual medley. Taylor Baughman, from Carmel, Ind., and Lindsey Kelly, from Lake Forrest, Ill., are strong contenders in the sprint freestyle events. Anna Turner, from Ft. Collins, Colo., will be competitive in the sprint freestyle and a backstroke events and Kathryn Thompson, from Roseburg, Ore., will also swim backstroke and freestyle. The one male swimmer to sign with Arizona, Matt Barnard from Tucson, Ariz., will swim sprint freestyle events.
Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Wildcats will return to Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Feb. 12 when they host in-state rival Arizona State at 1 p.m. (MST).