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Swim and Dive Post Two Pac-10 Titles and Break One Meet Record after Day Two of Competition
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2005
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Federal Way, Wash. ?- The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team completed the second day at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships by posting two Pac-10 titles, breaking one Pac-10 meet record and improved to second place with 421 points.


            Senior Emily Mason began this evening’s events by taking the Pac-10 title in the 500-yard freestyle with a time of 4:41.21. In the 200-yard individual medley, sophomore Whitney Myers finished third with a time of 1:59.90, which is also an ?'A’ NCAA qualifying time.


            In the 50-yard freestyle, three swimmers made the finals for the Wildcats as junior Jenna Gresdal placed third (22.77), junior Marshi Smith finished fifth (22.98) and freshman Courtney Cashion finished seventh (23.00).


            Finally, to end tonight’s competition, the 200-yard free relay team composed of Gresdal, senior Jessica Hayes, Smith and Cashion took another Pac-10 title setting a new Pac-10 meet record with a time of 1:30.07. The previous record was set in 2002 by Cal with a time of 1:30.47.


            “We had a really good night tonight,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The girls are doing a great job swimming and we are really excited for Mason and the relay team. Second-place is a good place to be right now, I’m really happy with everybody’s performances.”


            On the diving side for the women, senior Daniela Bemme and Claire Febvay competed in the finals of the 1-meter event. Bemme finished fifth with 277.65 points and Febvay took seventh-place with 265.35 points.


            “I am really pleased with the two seniors,” said head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha. “They were consistent and solid and that is what it will take to get to the NCAA Championships.”


            Junior John Collier finished his second day of competition for the men’s diving team as he finished fourth on the 3-meter board with 525.60 points. Freshman Jeff Hagedon finished 15th with 303.90 points.


            “This is the highest John has ever placed at this meet,” said Mitchell-Rocha. “He was not pleased with his performance yesterday on the 1-meter and he really turned things around today. He was steady and solid and that’s what he needs to be at the Zone E Diving Championships.”


            The Wildcats will resume competition tomorrow for day three at the Pac-10 Championships. Preliminary action will begin at 11 a.m. (PST) and finals will begin at 6 p.m.


Team Results After Day Two
1. Stanford University                     577
2. University of Arizona                  421
3. Univ of Calif, Los Angeles         353.5 
4. Univ of California, Berkeley       348
5. Univ of Southern California       332
6. Arizona State University            273.5
7. Oregon State University             212 
8. University of Washington         166
9. Washington State University    126                                         

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