Feb. 11, 2002
This Week's Schedule: The seventh-ranked Arizona women and the eighth-ranked Wildcat men will travel to Tempe this weekend where they will face off against the Sun Devils of Arizona State. ASU's women's team is the No. 10 team in the country, while the men are ranked at No. 7. The meet will begin at 12 p.m. on Saturday, Feb. 16.
The Cats Last Outing: The Wildcats hosted the Texas Longhorns in the last home dual meet of the season, which took place Feb. 1-2. The Arizona women's swimming and diving team defeated the Texas women 185-166. The Wildcat men fell to the defending National Champion Longhorns 183-145.
After the first day of competition the Arizona women trailed Texas 66-44, while the Arizona men fell behind the Texas men 52-39.
The Wildcat women completed the first session with a first place finish in the 400y medley relay touching the wall at 3:42.93. The relay team was made up of junior All-American Beth Botsford, sophomore Jessica Wagner, senior Maria Papadopoulou and fellow senior and All-American Sarah Tolar. Individually for the women freshman Artemis Daphnis was victorious in the 500y free as she hit the wall at 4:51.83.
The Arizona men opened up the meet with a first place finish in the 200y free relay event as they clocked a time of 1:21.27. The Cats' relay squad was compiled of senior All-American Roland Schoeman, sophomore All-American Eric la Fleur, fellow sophomore Byron Jeffers and sophomore All-American Tyler Johnson. The only other first place finish the Arizona men had was from Schoeman in the 50y free. Schoeman touched the wall in under 20 seconds at 19.86.
In diving senior All-American Omar Ojeda placed second on the three-meter with 583.50 points. On the women's side sophomore Claire Febvay scored 264.85 points on the one-meter placing second.
On the second day the Arizona women won 10 out of the 13 events. Tolar placed first in two individual events, the 200y free (1:49.05) and the 400y IM (4:19.80). She is the defending National Champion in the 200y freestyle event. Tolar had some help from Botsford and Wagner, Botsford touched first in both the 100y (55.09) and 200y backstroke (1:58.65), while Wagner took first place in both the 100y (1:02.52) and 200y breaststroke (2:16.30).
Arizona finished the meet with a win in the 400y free relay (3:21.75). The relay team consisted of freshman standout Jessica Hayes, and senior All-American's Jenny Vanker and Katie Zimbone along with Tolar. On the men's side of the event the Cats wrapped up the meet with an outstanding finish in the 400y free relay. The relay team was made up of la Fleur, Schoeman, Jeffers and senior All-American Kristopher Souther. Arizona clocked a NCAA consideration time of 2:59.63.
Individually for the men four Wildcats finished in first place. Sophomore All-American Juan Veloz began the second day of events winning the 400y IM with a time of 4:03.84, while freshman Chris Trimble opened up the third and final session with a victory in the 1650y free (15:52.13). Souther and Schoeman each won individual events as well in the 200y back (1:47.91) and the 100y free (43.91), respectively.
The men's diving squad took second and third place on the one-meter. Senior Ruben Vaca scored 348.60 points placing second, while Ojeda scored 347.30 points to place third. For the women Febvay placed second on the three-meter with 485.05 points.
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