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Arizona Women Defeat USC in Pac-10 Opener
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: November 20, 2004
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           LOS ANGELES - The No. 5 Arizona women's swimming and diving team defeated No. 12 USC, 186-113, while the No. 6 Arizona men’s team leads the No. 2 Trojans 92-75 after the first day of Pac-10 competition Friday at the McDonald's Swim Stadium.

            The women won 11 out of 16 events starting with the 400y medley relay team of junior Jenna Gresdal, junior Erin Sieper, sophomore Whitney Myers and freshman Courtney Cashion with a time of 4:43.49. Senior Emily Mason dominated the distance freestyle events earning first-place in both the 1000 (10:00.2) and 500y free events (4:53.34).

            In the 200y free, senior Jessica Hayes won with a time of 1:50.64, freshman Lacey Nymeyer finished third (1:51.19) and sophomore Meg Flanagan was fourth (1:54.24). Nymeyer and Cashion took the top-two spots in the 100y free as Nymeyer won the race with a time of 51.03 and Cashion finished second (51.22).

            Junior Jenna Gresdal took first-place in two events including the 100y backstroke (54.75) and the 50y free (23.49). Gresdal was second in the 200y backstroke finishing with a time of 2:00.55 and Hayes took third-place (2:00.83). Also in the 50y free, Nymeyer finished second (23.66) and Cashion was third (23.87).

            In the 100y breaststroke, Sieper finished first with a time of 1:03.52 while sophomore Emily Strouse was third (1:05.78) and junior Katie Willis was fourth (1:06.50). Sieper also won the 200y backstroke with a time of (2:16.64).

The Wildcats took the top-three positions in the 400y individual medley as Myers finished first (4:18.89), Mason was second (4:22.08) and Strouse came in third (4:31.44). Myers also finished second in the 200y fly with a time of 2:00.57 and junior Lisa Pursley finished second in the 100y fly (55.71).

            The 200y free relay team of Hayes, Cashion, Mason and Nymeyer won with a time of 1:34.60.

 “It was a great effort by everyone today,” said head coach Frank Busch. “All the girls pulled through and had an overall good team performance.”

            In the diving well for the women, sophomore Mary Yarrison place second in the 3-meter with 270.68 points and was third in the 1-meter (265.64). Senior Claire Febvay was second in the 1-meter with 268.50 points and finished fourth in the 3-meter (261.23).

            In the first day of competition for the men, the Wildcats have won six out of nine events including the 200y free relay team of freshman Albert Subirats, junior Dave Rollins, freshman Ivan Barnes and sophomore Adam Ritter winning with a time of 1:19.96.

            In the 100y free, junior Lyndon Ferns finished first (43.59), junior Simon Burnett was second (44.21) and freshman Jonas Persson was third (44.97). Ferns also took first in the 100y fly (47.25) and Subirats was second (49.33). Burnett finished first in the 200y back (1:46.56) and Barnes won the 200y breaststroke (2:01.22).

            Junior Tyler DeBerry finished second in the 500y free with a time of 4:25.04 and junior John Collier finished second in the 1-meter diving competition with 303.52 points. For the final event of the evening, the 400y medley relay team of freshman Nick Thoman, Barnes, Ferns and Burnett won with an ?'A’ standard qualifying time of 3:14.82.

            “The men are really dominating all the events right now,” said Busch, “They will have to come back tomorrow and be really aggressive to win this meet.”

            The men will conclude competition with USC Saturday at 1 p.m. (PST) at the McDonald's Swim Stadium while the women’s team will head to Westwood, Calif., to take on the UCLA Bruins at 12 p.m. at the Men’s Gym Pool. Diving will take place at the Sunset Recreation Center.


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