Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Wildcats Head to Long Beach for Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 22, 2004
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Feb. 23, 2004

This Week in the Pool - The fifth ranked Arizona women's swim team will travel to Long Beach, Calif. to compete in the 2004 Pac-10 Championships. Competition will begin on January 25-28 at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

The Arizona men's and women's diving teams will travel to Federal Way, Wash., to compete in the Pac-10 Diving Championships which will begin on January 26-28 at the Weyerhaeuser King Country Aquatics Center.

A Look at the Opponents - The 2004 Pac-10 Championships will feature some of the top teams in the nation. According to the latest CSCAA Top-25 poll there are four Pac-10 teams ranked in the Top-10, including No. 4 California (9-0, 6-0 Pac-10), Stanford (5-2) who shares the No. 5 position with the Wildcats (7-2, 3-2 Pac-10), and the defending Pac-10 Champions, No. 7 UCLA (8-2, 5-2 Pac-10). Also included in the Top-25 are No. 11 USC (3-5, 1-4 Pac-10) and No. 21 Arizona State (2-8, 0-6).

Last Time in the Water - The Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving teams closed out their regular seasons 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.


The Wildcat women won the first six events of the meet beginning with the 200-meter medley relay composed of sophomore Jenna Gresdal, senior Jessica Wagner, freshman Whitney Myers, and freshman Kathryn Elofson with a time of 1:54.68. Junior Emily Mason took first place in three events starting with the 800-meter freestyle (8:42.75) and later in the 200-meter butterfly (2:14.15) as well as the 400-meter butterfly (4:16.79).

Junior Jessica Hayes placed first in the 200-meter freestyle (2:01.17) and also in the 200-meter backstroke posting an 'A' standard qualifying time for the NCAA Championships (2:10.51). Senior Jessica Wagner took first place in the 100-meter breaststroke posting an 'A' standard time of 1:09.00. Gresdal won the 100-meter backstroke (1:02.44) posting a 'B' standard time. Whitney Myers won the 100-meter butterfly with a time of 1:02.61.

For the women's diving team, senior Daniela Bemme took second place on the 1-meter board with 273 points while freshman Mary Yarrison was third with 264 points. On the 3-meter board, senior Jennifer Hess placed third with a total of 2:59.13 points.

The Arizona men took first place in 11 events against the Sun Devils. The 200-meter medley team of sophomore Dave Rollins, senior Greg Owen, senior Daniel Wimer, and senior Eric La Fleur won with an 'A' standard time of 1:40.07.

Sophomore Lyndon Ferns conquered the freestyle events as he won the 200-meter (1:49.73) the 50-meter (22:49) and the 100-meter (49.59) freestyle races. Sophomore Tyler DeBerry was first in the 800-meter freestyle (8:13.11) and Dave Rollins was first in the 200-meter individual medley (2:03.20). Senior Greg Owen took first place in the 100-meter breaststroke (1:10.78) and also in the 200-meter breaststroke (2:13.77) posting a'B'standard time in both events. Senior Juan Veloz won the 200-meter butterfly (1:57.79) and the 100-meter butterfly as well (54.92).

To conclude the final dual-meet of the season, Ferns, senior Eric La Fleur, freshman Adam Ritter, and junior Byron Jeffers won the 400-meter freestyle relay with an 'A' standard time of 3:20.76.

In the 1-meter diving competition for the men, sophomore John Collier, senior Alex Vollelunga, and senior Josh Anderson took the third, fourth and fifth places earning six points for the Wildcats collectively. On the 3-meter board, Anderson placed second with 328.50 individual points. Points.

Flying Ferns - Sophomore Lyndon Ferns broke two records in the last day of competition at the Texas Invitational on Dec. 6th. Ferns swam the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 42.40 breaking the Arizona record held by NCAA Champion Ronald Schoeman, who set the record in 2000 with a time of 42.56. Ferns later broke the 49-second mark swimming the 100-meter freestyle in 48.99, breaking the South African record held by former Arizona Wildcat Ryk Neesling, one of the most decorated NCAA champions of all time.

Back in Action- Sophomore Simon Burnett returns to the Wildcats for the second semester after training for the 2004 Olympic games in Britain. Burnett took home the NCAA title in the 200-freestyle as a freshman in a time of 1:33.69

Best of the Boards - Freshman Mary Yarrison and senior Josh Anderson finished their three-day competition at the 2004 FINA World Cup Diving Trials successfully finishing in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Yarrison partnered up with freshman Cassidy Krug from Stanford University for the three-meter synchronized dive. The freshman duo posted a final score of 497.85 to earn fifth place in the competition. Josh Anderson qualified for individual competition on the 10-meter platform, finishing with 801.30 points for sixth place.

Arizona's Next Action-The Arizona Men's swim team will be traveling to Long Beach, Calif. on March 4-6 for the Pac-10 Championships, which will also be held at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.

Margo Geer P12 WOTY