This Week in the Pool ?- The No. 5 Arizona men’s and the No. 6 women’s swimming teams will travel to Austin, Texas on Dec. 1-3 to compete in the annual Texas Invitational. Preliminary action will begin at 10 a.m. (PST) each morning at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center and finals will start at 6 p.m.
A Look at the Opponents?- The Wildcats will compete against some of the nation’s highest-ranking teams in their quest to qualify as many athletes as they can for the 2006 NCAA Championships. Some of the teams in attendance include Texas, whose men are raked sixth and the women ninth, along with the No. 8 USC men and No.10 Women of Troy. Also, Wisconsin and Arizona State will be among the teams competing in Austin.
What Happened Last Year ?- The Wildcats have been competing at the Texas Invitational every year since 1991. Last year, both teams finished second, behind Texas, as the women tallied 670 points and posted a total of 22 NCAA automatic qualifying times and 17 consideration times over three days of competition.
The men earned second place with a total of 702 points tallying 10 NCAA automatic qualifying times and 23 consideration times while Simon Burnett broke the U.S. Open record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:32.22, which currently holds as the NCAA and Pac-10 record.
Arizona in the Rankings - According to the latest College Swimming Coaches Association of America (CSCAA) poll, the Wildcats are currently ranked in the top-six for the second consecutive year. Though both teams finished third at the 2005 NCAA championships, and upset several top-ranked teams, the men post a No. 5 ranking behind Michigan while the women’s team is ranked sixth behind No. 5 California.
Arizona’s last time in the water ?- The Wildcats’ last competition was on Nov. 18-19 as they took on three southern California teams.
Vs. USC - On Friday, Arizona defeated USC for the first Pac-10 competition of the season. The men defeated the No.10 Trojans 138-103 while the women defeated the eighth-ranked women of Troy 128-113.
“This was certainly a very good meet,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “We swam one of the best dual-meets I have seen in a long time. We had times today that were very good for this time of year and that’s all due to the effort of the team.”
On the men’s side, Arizona won a total of eight events beginning with the 400 medley relay composed of senior Simon Burnett, sophomore Ivan Barnes, sophomore Albert Subirats and junior Adam Ritter. The relay won with a time of 3:13.46, which is currently the fastest collegiate time swum in the nation.
In the 500 freestyle, sophomore Matt Biel finished second (9:18.77), senior Tyler DeBerry finished third (9:29.30) and freshman David Pursley placed fourth. Burnett won the 200 freestyle in a time of 1:37.73, which qualifies as the fourth fastest time in the nation. Senior Lyndon Ferns won the 50 freestyle in a time of 19.89, which is currently the second fastest time in the nation.
Senior Dave Rollins finished second in the 200 IM (1:49.80) while Ritter placed third. In the 100 freestyle, Ferns took the top position with a time of 43.83, posting the No. 1 time in the nation and Ritter finished second (44.66).
Burnet also won the 200 backstroke (1:45.51) while Barnes won the 200 breaststroke (2:00.99). Biel finished second in the 500 freestyle (4:31.44), while DeBerry and Pursley came in third and fourth.
The 400 free relay team of Ferns, freshman Matt Barnard, Persson and sophomore Albert Subirats ended the meet by winning the race with a time of 3:00.36.
On the diving boards for the men, senior John Collier won both springboard events posting 373.55 points in the 3-meter and 318.55 points in the 1-meter. Junior Patrick Sullivan finished third in the 1-meter (279.35) and in the 3-meter (293.20).
The women had an equally impressive dual-meet as they won a total of eight events. The 400 medley relay of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and freshman Lindsey Kelly won with a time of 3:41.51, which is currently the best time in the nation.
Sophomore Lacey Nymeyer posted the second win for the Wildcats by taking first-place in the 200 freestyle (1:48.43) and senior Katie Willis finished second (1:51.63).
Gresdal and Kelly took the top-two spots in the 50 freestyle with Gresdal swimming the sixth fastest time in the nation (23.11). In the 200 IM, junior Whitney Myers finished first (2:01.94) and she also finished first in the 200 butterfly (2:01.01).
Gresdal and freshman Taylor Baughman finished first and second in the 100 freestyle while freshman Kathryn Thompson and senior Marshi Smith also took the top-two spots in the 200 backstroke.
Nymeyer won her second individual event in the 500 freestyle, swimming the race in a time of 4:52.79. Sieper finished second in the 200 breaststroke (2:15.13) and freshman Jessica Embick took third (2:19.06).
For the final swimming event, the 400 free relay composed of Nymeyer, Baughman, senior Ryann Hackett and Pursley won with a time of 3:25.03, which was later counted as an exhibition race.
In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning finished second in both events as she tallied 308.10 points in the 1-meter and 290.40 points in the 3-meter. Sophomore Holly Kast finished fourth in the 1-meter with 224.70 points.
Vs. UCLA/UCSB ?- Both teams defeated two southern California schools Saturday, Nov. 19, maintaining undefeated records for both sides. The women downed No. 7 UCLA 125-80 improving their record to 4-0 (2-0 Pac-10), while the men (3-0 /1-0 Pac-10) defeated the UC Santa Barbara Gauchos 116-79.
The women took the top-two positions in the 400-medley relay, scoring 15 points for the wildcats. The Arizona ?'B’ relay team composed of senior Marshi Smith, freshman Jacquelyn Craft, junior Whitney Myers and sophomore Lacey Nymeyer won with a time of 3:41.68. The ?'A’ relay team, composed of seniors Jenna Gresdal, Erin Sieper, Lisa Pursley and freshman Taylor Baughman finished second (3:42.02).
The women won a total of nine individual events beginning with sophomore Lacey Nymeyer, who won a tight race in the 200 freestyle (1:47.98) as she finished just ahead of UCLA’s Kim Vandenberg (1:48.14). Next, Gresdal won the 50 freestyle (22.94), while freshman Lindsey Kelly finished third (23.68).
Myers finished first in the 400 IM with a time of 4:18.73 and also placed second in the 200 butterfly (2:01.97). Baughman tallied another individual win for Arizona in the 100 freestyle, finishing with a time of 51.38 while classmates Kelly and Anna Turner finished second and third.
Both Gresdal and Nymeyer posted another individual win, as Gresdal finished first in the 200 backstroke (1:58.49) and Nymeyer won the 500 freestyle (4:51.10). Sieper won the 200 breaststroke with a time of 2:14.84 and Craft finished third (2:16.38).
The 200 free relay team composed of Kelly, Baughman, senior Ryann Hackett and Pursley finished the competition by winning the race with a time of 1:34.56.
In the diving well, senior Tiffany Manning won both springboard events posting a score of 295.85 in the 1-meter and 295.10 in the 3-meter.
On the men’s side, the Wildcats won all but one event beginning with the 400 medley relay composed of sophomore Albert Subirats, freshman Josh Arreguin, junior Adam Ritter and sophomore Jonas Persson, who won with a time of 3:21.04.
Sophomore Matt Biel and senior Tyler DeBerry took the top-two spots in the 1000 freestyle as Biel placed first (9:14.96) and DeBerry finished second (9:30.78).
Senior Lyndon Ferns finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:38.35) and Subirats took second-place (1:41.54). Two wildcats again took the top-two spots in a race as senior Simon Burnett won the 50 freestyle with a time of 19.98 and sophomore Ivan Barnes finished second (21.07).
In the 400 IM, three U of A swimmers dominated the top-three places with Ritter finishing first (4:01.45), senior Dave Rollins second (4:03.32) and junior Nate Rothman third. Sophomore Darren Maxwell finished second in the 200 butterfly (1:51.09) while Burnett posted another individual victory in the 100 freestyle (44.43). In the 200 backstroke, Ritter and Rollins finished first and second to tally 13 points for the men’s team while Biel won the 500 freestyle (4:32.14).
Three U of A men swam an exhibition heat of the 200 breaststroke, each posting a time good enough to take the top-three places. And for the final event of the day, the 200 free relay team (exhibition) composed of Subirats, Ferns. Ritter and Burnett, swam a time of 1:20.53, which was good enough for first-place.
Arizona’s Next Action ?- The swimming and diving teams will continue dual-meet competition at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center when they return from winter break on Jan. 6, 2005 at 2 p.m. (MST) as the women take on Northern Arizona, Oregon State and Washington, while the men only compete against Washington.