Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Arizona Swimming Splits with No. 6/2 Cal
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 20, 2012
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Jan. 20, 2012

TUCSON, Ariz. -

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Arizona Men’s and Women’s Swimming split with defending national champion California on Friday, Jan. 20 at Spieker Aquatics Center in Berkeley, Calif.

The No. 1 Arizona men defeated the No. 6 Bears, 191-107, while the No. 5 Arizona women fell to the No. 2 Cal women, 174-126.

The Wildcat men had a successful day after winning 12 out of 16 events. They kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, an event they have not been beaten in this season.

Arizona newcomer Woody Joye (Coosada, Ala.) won the 200 free in his first swim for the Wildcats and sophomore Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) won the 100 back to start things off in the individual races.

In the 100 breast, Arizona took the first three spots as freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.), junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) and senior Kevin Munsch (Kent, Wash.) came in first, second and third, respectively.

The trio repeated itself in the 200 breast, this time with Mickelson in first, Munsch in second and Cordes in third.

The 400 IM proved to be much of the same, as senior Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.) took the first spot, followed by junior Sam Rowan (Eugene, Ore.) and senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.).

Senior Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.) followed suit with his win in the 50 free, sophomore Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) won the 100 fly and Chitwood earned another win in the 200 back.

The men closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay.

In addition, senior diver Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) swept the diving portion of the meet, earning wins on the 1m and 3m.

“Our men’s team’s depth was obvious today,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “I really liked the way they came out and attacked.”

Despite the final score, several Arizona women had a successful day in the pool. Senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) continued swimming well as she won the 200 free. Juniors Lauren Smart (Charlotte, N.C.) and Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) won the 100 back and 100 breast, sophomores Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) and Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) won the 100 free and 200 back and sophomore Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa.) earned a win on the 1m in diving competition.

“Both sides swam well today,” Hansen said. “The women were really aggressive. We came up short, but I really liked what I saw."

The Wildcats will travel to Palo Alto, Calif. on Saturday to take on No. 3/6 Stanford at 11 a.m. PT.

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