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Day Three Pac-10 Preliminary Results
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: February 25, 2011
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Feb. 25, 2011

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FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – In day three of preliminary action of the women’s Pac-10 Swimming and Diving Championships, No. 7 Arizona kept up the momentum from last night’s session to qualify 14 swimmers into finals later tonight. Among those making championship heats for the Wildcats were Margo Geer, Chelsey Salli, Ellyn Baumgardner, Aubrey Peacock and Sarah Denninghoff

In the 400 individual medley, Alyssa Anderson and Lindsay Seemann qualified 14th and 15th overall after posting times of 4:16.99 and 4:18.08 and will swim in the B consolation final.  USC’s Katinka Hosszu notched the fastest time in the event at 4:04.10.  For the NCAA’s, Anderson will use her seed time of 4:12.89 set in January against Texas.

Dana Christ led the way for the Cats in the 100 butterfly with a time of 53.44, good enough to qualify for the consolation B final.  Also swimming the 100 fly and earning a night swim was freshman Hallie Stupp who posted a 54.67 and will be in the C consolation final. Fellow freshman Aubrey Peacock also swam the 100 fly, but as an exhibition, recording a 54.35.

Margo Geer qualified for her second championship heat of the conference meet in as many days, notching a 1:46.96 in the 200 free.  Geer, proving her talent, will be the only freshman swimming in the championship heat of the 200 free.  Classmate Ashley Evans qualified for the C consolation heat with a time of 1:49.11. 

As another racing opportunity before the 800 free relay at NCAA’s, head coach Frank Busch had both Anderson and Sarah Denninghoff swim the 200 free as an exhibition.  Anderson went a 1:47.05 while Denninghoff was not far behind at 1:47.70.  Each would have made the consolation B final with their respective times.

Arizona did most of its production Friday morning in the 100 breaststroke with both Ellyn Baumgardner and Chelsey Salli qualifying for the championship final later tonight with each posting the exact time of 1:01.41.  Additionally, Amy Spaay and Eve Sarris will be in the B consolation final with times of 1:01.98 and 1:02.50 on the afternoon. Hilary Bell made the C consolation final with a time of 1:05.25.

To close the swimming prelims, both Peacock and Denninghoff made the championship final of the 100 backstroke.  Peacock had the sixth fastest time of 53.47 while Denninghoff squeaked in at 53.76 – three hundredths of a second ahead of the ninth place finisher. Hannah Ross will be in the B consolation final after placing 14th overall in the 100 back at 54.33.

Prelims of the women’s 3-meter springboard is in progress now and we’ll have an update after it’s completed.

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