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Wildcats Prepare for NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/18/2014
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Courtesy: Arizona Athletics

NCAA Championships

When:  Thursday, March 20 – Saturday, March 22

Where: University of Minnesota Aquatic Center (Minneapolis, Minn.)

TUCSON, Ariz. Following a solid regular season and a strong Pac-12 Championships, the Arizona women’s swim team will close out the 2013-14 season with the NCAA Championships beginning on Thursday at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn.

For all information regarding the event, you can visit the championship central page HERE. The link will include ticket information, live results, schedule of events, live streaming and other important information.

The Wildcats have eight members of the squad competing at the NCAA Championships with 26 career All-America honors between them. Among those is 20-time All-American Margo Geer, who is the defending NCAA champion in the 50 free and 100 free.

Arizona earned a Pac-12 Championship in the 200 free relay as Geer, Bonnie Brandon, Alana Pazevic and Grace Finnegan won the title with a strong time of 1:27.76. All four have qualified for NCAAs. The time currently stands as the second fastest in the country.

Brandon is qualified in the 500 free, 200 free and 200 back, while Pazevic and Finnegan will compete in the 100 free. She competed in her first NCAA Championship last season as a freshman and earned two All-America honors with a fourth-place finish in the 500 free and was part of the second-place 800 free relay team. Earlier this season, Brandon broke her own school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:50.70 at the Texas Invite.

The Wildcats will also be represented by Ashley Evans (100 fly, 200 fly), Tjasa Oder (1650 free), Eve Sarris (100 breast) and Emma Schoettmer (100 breast, 200 breast).

Streaming Schedule: All six sessions of the NCAA Championships - morning prelims and evening finals - will be streamed live online. ESPN3 will cover finals on Friday and Saturday, with the remaining events available on gophersports.com. Coverage of the meet will be broadcast on ESPNU starting at 6 p.m. PT on Wednesday, April 2.

Accomplishments: Arizona has been full of accomplishments through the years as the men and women have combined for 90 individual and relay national titles. Meanwhile, the women have earned an incredible 151 All-America honors in history to go along with 18 top-five team finishes at NCAAs. The men and women both earned team national titles in 2008.

Top Times: The Wildcats have several top-10 times nationally in both individual and relay events. Geer currently owns the third fastest time in the 100 free (47.35) and sixth fastest time in the 50 free (21.78). Brandon has the fourth fastest time in the 200 back (1:50.70), sixth fastest time in the 500 free (4:35.43) and seventh fastest 200 free (1:43.89) time. In addition to Arizona’s 200 free relay time, the Wildcats have the third fastest 400 free relay time (3:11.90) and 10th fastest 800 free relay mark (7:02.95). Arizona also has the ninth fastest 400 medley relay time (3:32.21).

Geer Earns Pac-12 Honor: Senior Margo Geer was named Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year just a couple weeks ago. The award was established to honor collegiate student-athletes that are exemplary both academically and in their sports discipline. Arizona swept the award as teammate Giles Smith was awarded with the honor on the men’s side.

Schedule of Events:

TRIALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (11 a.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

20-minute intermission

6. 400-yard Medley Relay

5. One-meter Diving—Trials

FINALS – THURSDAY, MARCH 20 (7 p.m.)

1. 200-yard Freestyle Relay

2. 500-yard Freestyle

3. 200-yard Individual Medley

4. 50-yard Freestyle

5. One-meter Diving—Finals

6. 400-yard Medley Relay

TRIALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (11 a.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

10-minute intermission starting immediately at the conclusion of the relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

20-minute intermission

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—All but last two heats of time finals

13. Three-meter Diving—Trials

FINALS – FRIDAY, MARCH 21 (7 p.m.)

7. 200-yard Medley Relay

8. 400-yard Individual Medley

9. 100-yard Butterfly

10. 200-yard Freestyle

11. 100-yard Breaststroke

12. 100-yard Backstroke

13. Three-meter Diving—Finals

14. 800-yard Freestyle Relay—Last two heats of time finals

TRIALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (11 a.m.)

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20-minute intermission

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

20. Platform Diving—Trials

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—All but last heat of time finals 

FINALS – SATURDAY, MARCH 22 (7 p.m.)

15. 1,650-yard Freestyle—Last heat of time finals

16. 200-yard Backstroke

17. 100-yard Freestyle

18. 200-yard Breaststroke

19. 200-yard Butterfly

20. Platform Diving—Finals

21. 400-yard Freestyle Relay

For continued coverage of Arizona Wildcat swimming and diving, visit ArizonaWildcats.com and be sure to follow the team on Twitter @ArizonaSwimming.

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