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Wildcats Trail Texas and Lead SMU After First Day of Competition
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 29, 2005
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Austin, Texas ?- After the first day of competition at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swim Center, the No. 7 Arizona women’s swimming and diving team trails No.4 Texas 96.5-69.5 and leads the sixth-ranked SMU Mustangs 88-79. The men’s team trails No. 9 Texas 81.5-79.5 and leads SMU 126-40.


            For the women, the 200y free relay team posted the first victory for the wildcats winning the race in a time of 1:32.58. Senior Emily Mason won the 400y individual medley with a time of 4:19.97 and sophomore Whitney Myers finished third (4:21.55). Freshmen Courtney Cashion and Lacey Nymeyer finished second and third in the 100y freestyle as Cashion took second-place (50.66) and Nymeyer was third (50.67).


            Senior Jessica Hayes finished fourth in the 200y backstroke (1:59.75) and Myers finished second in the 100y butterfly (50.02). Mason swam the 500y freestyle in a time of 4:47.20, taking third place. The 400y medley relay team of junior Marshi Smith, junior Erin Sieper, Myers and Cashion finished second with a time of 3:44.00.


            On the diving side, senior Claire Febvay finished fourth in the 3-meter competition with 457.50 points and senior Daniela Bemme was fifth (444.85 points).


            For the men, the 200y free relay team took second-place with a time of 1:21.38, just behind Texas who won the race with a time of 1:21.34. Junior Tyler DeBerry finished second as well in the 400y individual medley (3:58.14) and junior Dave Rollins was third (3:58.57).


            Junior Lyndon Ferns swept the competition in the 100y freestyle, winning with a time of 43.87 while freshman Jonas Persson was fourth (45.40) and sophomore Adam Ritter was fifth (45.67). Ferns also won the 100y butterfly with a time of 47.21.


            Freshman Nick Thoman posted the second first-place finish for the men’s team, winning the 200y backstroke with a time of 1:45.48. Freshman Ivan Barnes tied with Texas swimmer Christian Schurr in the 200y breaststroke for second-place with a time of 2:01.98. DeBerry won the 500y freestyle with a time of 4:23.62.


            Finishing tonight’s events was the 400y medley relay team of Thoman, Barnes, Ferns and junior Simon Burnett who won the race with a time of 3:15.69.


            Competition against the Longhorns and the Mustangs will resume tomorrow at 12 p.m. (CST).



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