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Men's Swimming and Diving Heads To USC
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 16, 2004
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This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 5 Arizona women and No. 6 men’s swimming and diving team will travel to the University of Southern California on Fri., Nov. 19 to take on the Trojans for the first Pac-10 meet of the season at 2 p.m. (PST) in the McDonald’s Swim Stadium.


On Sat., Nov. 20th, the Arizona women’s team will head to Westwood, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins at 12 p.m. (PST) at the Men’s Gym Pool. Diving will take place at the Sunset Recreation Center.


A Look at the Opponents - The 12th-ranked USC women’s team finished the 2003-04 season 3-5 overall (1-4 Pac-10) and placed ninth at the 2004 NCAA Championships with 160 points. The No. 2 men’s team concluded the 2003-04 season 1-6 overall and 0-4 in the Pac-10 while placing 14th at the NCAA Championships. Both teams recently traveled to Austin, Texas, to take on the Longhorns for their first dual-meet competition. The men won 240.5-112.5 putting them at the 1-0 mark overall (0-0 Pac-10) and the women’s team fell to Texas 230-123 putting them 0-1 overall (0-0 Pac-10).

            The No. 9 UCLA Women’s team started the 2004-05 season with victories over UCSB (156-98), Oregon State (149-18) and the University of San Diego (168-85). The Bruins also finished fourth at the Purdue Invitational two weeks ago. UCLA finished the 2004 NCAA Championships in seventh-place (195 points).

 What Happened Last Year? ?- The 2003 dual meet between the Wildcats and the Trojans resulted in a 131-111 upset over No.5 USC for the No.14 Arizona men. The seventh-ranked women’s team also won 133-110 against the No. 5 Women of Troy.

            In the dual meet with the UCLA women’s team, the Wildcats dominated by winning the opening five events, leading to a 144-118 victory over the Bruins.


Last Time in the Water - The Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams began their 2004-05 season Fri., Oct. 29 with victories over the Wisconsin Badgers. The No. 3 women defeated No.10 Wisconsin with a score of 141-119 and the fourth-ranked men won 160-99 against the No.16 Badgers.


            The Arizona women placed first in eight events beginning with the 200y medley relay team of junior Marshi Smith, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Courtney Cashion, who won the race with a time of 1:44.20. In the 1000y freestyle, junior Katie Willis finished second (9:57.21) and senior Emily Mason was fourth (10:25.64). Willis also finished second in the 500y freestyle (5:04.60) and fourth in the 400y individual medley. Junior Jenna Gresdal won the 100y backstroke (55.12) with fellow juniors Marshi Smith and Ryann Hackett finishing in third and fourth place.


Sieper won the 100y breaststroke in a time of 1:03.28 and finished second in the 200y breaststroke (2:16.60). In the 200y freestyle, freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished second (1:51.80) and senior Jessica Hayes was third (1:52.32). Myers tallied two individual first-place finishes in the 200y butterfly (2:01.79) and the 100y butterfly (55.99). Also, in the 200 fly, Mason finished second (2:03.54) and junior Lisa Pursley was third (2:06.06).


In the 50y freestyle, Gresdal was first (23.56) and Nymeyer was second (23.76). Nymeyer also won the 100y freestyle with a time of 51.29 and Cashion finished third (52.18). Gresdal and Hayes took third and fourth place in the 200y backstroke while Mason finished second in the 400y individual medley (4:23.63). For the final race, the 400y free relay team of Gresdal, Nymeyer, Myers and Hayes won with a time of 3:26.74.


On the diving side for the women, sophomore Mary Yarrison won the 3-meter with 301.35 points. Senior Claire Febvay finished second (296.25) and senior Daniela Bemme was third (288.38). The Wildcats swept the 1-meter competition, as Bemme was first in with 270.97 points, Yarrison was second (257.32) and freshman Holly Kast was third (252.29). Febvay and sophomore Kirssa Cline finished fourth and fifth, respectively.


The men’s swim team won 10 events starting with the 200y medley relay team of freshman Nick Thoman, freshman Ivan Barnes, junior Lyndon Ferns and junior Simon Burnett with a time of 1:30.47. Freshman Matt Biel made his debut as a Wildcat in the 1000y freestyle, winning the race with a time of 9:24.54 and teammate junior Tyler DeBerry finished second (9:28.43). In the 500y freestyle, DeBerry finished first (4:33.00) and Biel came in second (4:36.28).


Burnett finished first in the 200y freestyle (1:38.68), while sophomore Adam Ritter finished third (1:41.81). Thoman won the 200y backstroke (1:49.27) and was second in the 100y backstroke (50.21). Freshman Ivan Barnes won the 100y breaststroke (56.05), while junior Dave Rollins and senior Nate Stevens took second and third-place. Barnes also won the 200y breaststroke (2:02.62). In the 200y butterfly, freshman Darren Maxwell finished second (1:55.40) and Thoman was third.


Ferns took first-place in two events including the 50y free (20.28) and the 100y butterfly (48.10). In the 100y freestyle, Burnett won with a time of 45.43 and Ritter finished third and in the 400y individual medley, sophomore Nate Rothman finished third (4:11.38).


On the diving boards for the men, junior John Collier finished first in both the 1-meter (316.42 points) and the 3-meter (306.30 points) competitions. Sophomore J.J. Aderholt finished second in both events with a score of 249.75 in the 1-meter and 243.52 in the 3-meter. Freshman Jeff Hagedon placed sixth in both events.



2003-04 Season Review- The Arizona swimming and diving teams certainly made a splash throughout the 2003-04 season. The Wildcats ended their seasons tallying one individual NCAA Champion, 22 All-Americans, 21 new school records and both teams finished in the top five at the 2004 NCAA Championships.

The women’s team concluded its 2003-04 dual-meet season with a 7-2 overall record and a 3-2 mark in the Pac-10 Conference.

         The women had their best season in four years, finishing third at the NCAA Championships scoring 369 points to upset Stanford, California and Florida. The Cats brought nine swimmers and two divers to the competition in College Station, Texas, to compete in 26 individual events, five relays and three diving events.


The men’s team concluded its 2003-04 dual-meet season with an overall record of 5-3 and a 2-2 mark in the Pac-10 Conference.

The men had an equally impressive finish at the NCAA Championships, entering the competition ranked ninth and leaving with a fourth-place finish with 322 points. The Wildcats brought 10 swimmers and one diver to the competition in Long Island, NY, to compete in 28 individual events, five relays and three diving events.


According to Assistant Coach Augie Busch ?- “The men will have a really tight meet with USC because all of their top guys are similar to ours. USC has a good quality team and with the return of Larsen Jensen, they will be solid in a lot of events. For the women, USC lost one of its top swimmers so we have a really good shot at beating them, especially in the relay events.”


 According to Head Diving Coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha ?- “Both the men and the women have a lot of potential to keep up with USC. This is the first away meet and it will be good for our athletes to adjust on the road in a good meet with good competition. The women’s meet with UCLA is going to be tough. They will give the girls a great challenge.”

Arizona’s Next Action ?- The Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving team will continue their season Dec. 2-4 when they travel to Austin, Texas, for the annual Texas Longhorn Invitational.

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