This Week in the Pool ?-The No. 6 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team and the No. 8 men’s team will take on archrival Arizona State for the final dual-meet of the 2004-05 season on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 1 p.m. (MST) in the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.
A Look at the Wildcats - The men’s team recently dropped in the national rankings from No. 5 to No. 8 as a result of their loss to Texas on Jan 29. The men post a 5-4 overall record (1-3 Pac-10). The women are ranked No.6 due to a 189-161 upset over SMU two weeks ago. The women’s record is 8-2 overall (5-1 Pac-10).
A Look at the Opponents- The ASU women’s team is currently ranked No. 15 as they most recently defeated the California Golden Bears 176-118 on Jan. 22. The women are currently 6-2 overall (2-2 Pac-10). The ASU men are currently unranked and come to Tucson with a 2-5 overall record (0-3 Pac-10). The Sun Devils’ most recent competition against top-ranked Cal resulted in a 149-125 loss.
Wildcats vs. Sun Devils History ?- In the past five years, the Wildcats have posted a remarkable record against the Sun Devils. The women’s team remains undefeated since 2000 (5-0) and is hoping for yet another victory against ASU on Saturday. The men’s team is 3-2 against the Sun Devils, last losing to the intrastate rival in 2002 with ASU downing Arizona 171.5 - 128.5.
What Happened Last Year ?- Both Arizona swimming and diving teams closed out their regular seasons on Feb. 14, 2004 with a pair of victories against Arizona State. The No. 8 Wildcat men defeated No. 15 ASU 169.50-128.50 while the No. 7 Arizona women’s team cruised by the Sun Devils 170-130.
Last Time in the Water ?- The Wildcats competed in Austin, Texas on Jan. 28 and 29 at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center against the Longhorns and the SMU Mustangs. The men’s team defeated SMU 265-85 and fell to No. 9 Texas
180.5-159.5. The women’s team upset No. 6 SMU 189-161 while falling to No. 4 Texas 180.5-170.5.
The women’s 200y medley relay team of junior Jenna Gresdal, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Lacey Nymeyer who finished second with a time of 1:42.80. Senior Emily Mason placed second in the 1650y freestyle (16:39.15) and Nymeyer finished second in the 200y freestyle (1:48.75) with senior Jessica Hayes finishing third (1:48.94).
In the 100y backstroke, Gresdal finished third with a time of 55.16. Mason won the 200y butterfly with a time of 2:01.11, which was the first individual win for the women, and
Myers took third-place (2:02.32). Mason later won the 200y individual medley (2:03.51) and Myers finished third (2:04.08). Gresdal was third in the 50y freestyle (23.41) and Nymeyer placed fourth (23.49) with Hayes finishing fifth (23.53).
The 400y freestyle team of Nymeyer, Freshman Courtney Cashion, Hayes and Gresdal won with a time of 3:22.20.
On the diving side, senior Claire Febvay won the 1-meter competition with 291.15 points and classmate Daniela Bemme was second (277.65 points).
For the men, the 200y medley relay team of junior Dave Rollins, freshman Ivan Barnes, junior Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett won the race with a time of 1:29.01. In the 1650y freestyle, junior Tyler DeBerry finished first with a time of 15:31.16 and freshman Matt Biel was not far behind in second-place (15:47.38). Ferns finished second in the 200y freestyle (1:37.73) and Burnett finished second in the 100y backstroke (48.93) while freshman Nick Thoman finished third (49.39).
Ferns won the 50y freestyle with a time of 20.02 and Barnes placed second in the 100y breaststroke (55.77). In the 200y individual medley, Rollins finished second (1:50.03) and for the final event of the competition, the 400y free relay team of Ferns, freshman Jonas Persson, sophomore Adam Ritter and Burnett won with a time of 2:59.16.
Junior John Collier continued his winning streak by finishing first on both the 3 and 1-meter boards. This is the fourth consecutive time Collier has won on both boards tallying 583.75 points on the 3-meter and 322.75 points on the 1-meter.
Freshman Debut ?- 6-foot-9 freshman Gerhard Zandberg will make his debut as a Wildcat during the dual-meet with ASU Saturday, as he recently became eligible to participate. Zandberg is a native of South Africa who participated in the 2004 Olympic games and will be swimming the backstroke and freestyle events for Arizona.
According to Head Swimming Coach Frank Busch: “This is a big meet for us, ASU is our biggest rival. For us, the kids are working on their momentum going into the conference meet and are getting pretty excited. The women have a lot of pride and usually race really hard against ASU and the men do the same.”
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 women’s swimming and diving team will be competing at the 2005 Pac-10 Championships on Feb. 23-26 in Seattle, Wash. and the men’s team will begin their conference meet competition on March 2-5 in Long Beach, Calif.