Jan. 31, 2003
AUSTIN, Texas - Both the sixth-ranked Arizona women and 15th ranked men's swimming and diving squads trail SMU and Texas after Friday's action at the Jamail Swim Center on the University of Texas campus in Austin. The Wildcat men have been so far outscored by fifth-ranked Texas 114-50 and by a narrow margin of 84-82 by SMU. Similarly, Arizona's women are behind the eighth-ranked Longhorns, 95-72 and the No. 5 Mustangs, 93-74. Junior Juan Veloz and senior Beth Botsford won events during Friday's competition, but that was not enough to overcome the overall prowess of the opposing squads.
Veloz, who in December posted the fastest time in the nation to date in the 200y fly, returned to form with a victory in the 400y IM on Friday. Veloz touched the wall in the time of 3:58.26.
On the women's side, Botsford continued, as she has for the duration of the season, to dominate her opponents in the 200y back. She swam the event in 1:57.12, besting her nearest competitor by almost three seconds. Botsford's time also fell under the NCAA automatic qualifying standard.
Elsewhere, in Friday's concluding event, Arizona's "A" relay squad placed second in the 200y freestyle relay by only .20 seconds. The quartet of freshmen Lyndon Ferns and Dave Rollins, junior Eric la Fleur and senior Jeff Dash swam the event in a stellar time of 1:21.52, short of the season's top time in that event by only .04 seconds. Also, the Wildcat women placed four swimmers in the top 12 in the 100y free, led by freshman Marshi Smith who clocked in at 52.20, the fifth fastest time all year.
As usual, the Wildcat divers made an impact on the outcome of Friday's competition with their stellar effort. Junior Claire Febvay placed second in the one-meter springboard with a score of 289.40 points. Following right behind her was junior transfer Daniela Bemme who garnered 275.65 points. On the men's side, junior All-American Josh Anderson accrued 357.80 points for his efforts in the three-meter platform, easily his most impressive performance of the year.
Competition against nationally ranked Texas and SMU for the Wildcats resumes tomorrow at 1 pm from the Jamail Center, site of the 2003 NCAA Men's Championships. The Cats return home for their final dual meet of the year on Feb. 15 against intra-state rival Arizona State.