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Arizona Divers Compete at Zone ?E? Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 28, 2007
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This Week in the Pool ?- The men’s and women’s diving teams will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. to compete at the 2007 Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships on March 1-3 for a chance to join the Arizona swimmers already attending the national championships.


The Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships ?- The top-three finishers on both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard, along with the top-two finishers on platform will automatically qualify to compete at the NCAA Championships. If any of the divers finish in one of these positions, they will join the swimmers at their respective NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships.


 A Look at the Wildcats ?- For the women, senior captain Megan Macdonald will lead the Wildcats, while competing for a spot on the national championship team. MacDonald placed in two events at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships, as she finished fifth in the 10-meter platform with 232.35 points and eighth in the 1-meter with 233.85 points. Sophomore Allison Scaife also finished in the top-eight of two events at the Championships, beginning with the 3-meter, where she placed eighth with (242.50 points) and in the platform, where she again finished eighth, respectively (201.75 points).


            On the men’s side, freshman Michael Guilfoil finished fifth in the 10-meter platform competition at the conference championships with 241.75 points. Redshirt junior Matt Bisordi was also be an asset for the Wildcats, as he scored for the men’s team finishing seventh in the 3-meter with 310.05 points.


What Happened Last Year- The diving teams competed at the Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships last year on March 9-11 in Oklahoma City, Okla., as two Wildcats qualified to compete at their respective NCAA Championships including Tiffany Manning and John Collier for the men.

On the first day of competition, Manning led the women as she finished fourth in the 1-meter competition with 580.95 points.MacDonald finished 24th, respectively, in the event with a total of 211.20 points.


Collier was the only male diver to place in the 3-meter event for the men, as he finished sixth with 663.10 points.

            In Friday’s competition, Collier competed for the men’s squad finishing seventh in the 1-meter competition with 591.60 points. For the women in the 3-meter, Manning finished sixth with 583.85 points and MacDonald was 23rd with 234.60 points

In the platform competition, Manning finished 13th in the event with 190.50 points while MacDonald finished 21st with170.55 points.

Women at the Pac-10 Championships ?- The No. 4 women’s team defended its Pac-10 title Saturday, Feb 17, climbing seven spots from the first day of competition to win the meet with 1,481.5 points


            At last year’s championships, the women won the meet with a total of seven titles, including four individual and three relay, however this year one individual victory and one relay victory was enough to capture the Pac-10 crown.


            The victory was the third Pac-10 Championship title for the women in school history, as they won in 2000, 2006 and 2007.


            “It took us all the way to the last day of competition, but we took the lead,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “I’m very happy for the girls and proud of their hard work. It was a tough four days, but they were so determined and that is what really made the difference in this meet.”


            On the first full day of competition, sophomore Lara Jackson posted the first and only individual title for the Wildcats in the 50 free. Jackson tied with Cal’s sophomore Dana Vollmer with a time of 22.05, which is a new Pac-10 meet record and ties Jackson’s own school record as well.


            The 200 free relay team of Jackson, junior Nymeyer, sophomore Anna Turner and sophomore Lindsey Kelly defended its conference title for the third straight year, winning the race with a meet record-breaking time of 1:26.71.


Men at the Pac-10 Championships - The No. 5 men’s team completed competition at the Pac-10 Championships lat weekend at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. Arizona finished third out of six teams with 625 points, while tallying two conference champions and 10 NCAA automatic qualifying times throughout the four day meet.

                “This was a good meet for us, we fought really hard,” Busch said. “Over four days, our team achieved a lot and the guys improved in every race. I’m so proud of the team and I think we have a great team going to NCAAs.”

             The 800 free relay posted the first conference title after the first day of events.  The team of senior Adam Ritter, sophomore Nilo, freshman Jean Basson and junior Darian Townsend won with a time of 6:20.08.

                Senior Adam Ritter took his first individual conference title of his collegiate career in the 200 IM with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:45.51.

             “I feel that it is harder to win an individual title here than it is at NCAAs,” Ritter said. “Most of the teams here are rested and trying to make their cuts, what we did at the Texas Invite last December, so I think it’s pretty special to win here. I feel a little more rested since our last dual meet, but I’m just trying to race as best I can and I felt really good coming into the finish (of the IM).”

 Arizona’s Next Action ?- The women’s swimming and diving team will travel to Minneapolis, Minn. on March 8-10 to compete at the 26th annual NCAA Championships at the University Aquatic Center. Preliminary action will begin at 11 a.m. (CST) and finals will start at 7 p.m. each day.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY