Nov. 10, 2011
TUCSON, Ariz. -
Head coach Eric Hansen and the Arizona Swimming team welcome USC and UCLA for two dual meets at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center this weekend. The No. 3 men and No. 8 women will take on the Trojans on Friday, Nov. 11 at 3 p.m. and the women will face the Bruins on Saturday, Nov. 12 at 11 a.m.
In Wednesday’s coaching poll, USC’s women’s team was tabbed No. 5, USC’s men’s team was No. 8 and UCLA’s women’s team was No. 25.
The Wildcats are coming off a victory over Wisconsin on Nov. 4, with 21 first-place finishes in 28 events.
Arizona’s men’s and women’s relay teams have exuded dominance in three meets, going undefeated in all 200 medley and 200 free events. In addition, all relay teams rank in the top-10 in times recorded this year, including the men’s 200 medley, swum by sophomores Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.), Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.), Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and Tommy Gutman (Jacksonville, Fla.), which currently holds the fastest time in the country.
Cordes also has the third-fastest time in the country in the 100 breast, Smith has the fourth-fastest time in the 100 fly and senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) has the fifth-fastest time in the 50 free. Five other swimmers from the men’s team have recorded top-25 times this season.
On the women’s side, sophomore Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) has the nation’s fourth-fastest time in the 100 free and 10th-fastest time in the 50 free, while senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) has the 10th-fastest time in the 200 free.
The Arizona divers have also been hard at work, as senior Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) swept the USC Diving Invite last weekend and has not finished anywhere but first-place this season. Senior Ainsley Oliver (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) also posted three top-10 finishes in three events at the USC Invite for the Wildcats.
The No. 5 USC women are led by 2011 NCAA Women's Swimmer of the Year Katinka Hosszu, a senior, as well as fellow returning All-Americans senior Amanda Smith, juniors Haley Anderson and Christel Simms and sophomores Kasey Carlson and Stina Gardell. The Trojans finished third at the Pac-10s and third at the NCAAs, their best NCAA finish since 2003. Senior diver Victoria Ishimatsu, an All-American as a freshman and a sophomore, is also back.
The No. 8 USC men return four All-Americans, led by sophomore Vladimir Morozov, the 2011 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year and a four-time All-American as a freshman. Also back are senior All-American Jeff Daniels and fellow sophomore All-Americans Dimitri Colupaev and Jack Wagner. The men's team finished third at the Pac-10s and seventh at the NCAAs, its highest finish since 2007.
All-American Yasi Jahanshahi highlights the No. 25 UCLA women swimmers, while Emma Ivory-Ganja and Paulina Guzman leads the competing divers. Several new faces will be in the pool this weekend including Monica Dornick, Allison Gargalikis and Noelle Tarazona.
The meet is open to the public for free admission.
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