TUCSON, Ariz. – The Arizona swimming and diving teams closed out the dual season in style by defeating in-state rival Arizona State on Saturday at the Mona Plummer Aquatic Center. The Arizona women defeated ASU 171.5-105.5, while the men knocked off the Sun Devils, 158.5-116.5.
The day started similarly like it has the past few meets as the Wildcats got a pair of wins in the 200 medley relay. The Arizona women started the day by going 1-2 in the event as Bonnie Brandon, Emma Schoettmer, Katja Hajdinjak and Margo Geer touched first in 1:41.65. The team of Alana Pazevic, Eve Sarris, Ashley Evans and Grace Finnegan finished just behind in 1:43.31.
The men followed with a 1-2 finish as well with Mitchell Friedemann, Kevin Cordes, Andrew Porter and Brian Stevens taking first in 1:29.16. Michael Sheppard, Kevin Steel, Renny Richmond and Jeff Amlee finished just behind in 1:30.29.
The women kept the momentum going as freshman Tjasa Oder claimed first-place in the 1000 free with a time of 9:55.21.
Brandon followed with a win in the 200 back with a time of 1:48.56. She also claimed a victory in the 200 back with a time of 1:57.58. Brandon also claimed first in the final individual event of the day – the 200 IM – with a time of 2:03.40.
Friedemann gave the men their first individual first-place finish as he took the 100 back with a time of 48.23.
Schoettmer continued to be dominant in the breast events as she claimed top honors in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.59. The Wildcats went 1-2-3 in the event as freshman Sara Borendame finished second in 1:03.74 with Eve Sarris coming in third in 1:05.01. Schoettmer also won the 200 breast 2:16.51 with Borendame placing second in 2:19.13.
Kevin Cordes stayed undefeated in individual dual events as he won the 100 breast in 53.75 with teammate Andrew Sovero placing second in 55.50. Cordes also won the 200 breast with a time of 1:56.54 with teammate Sam Rowan coming in second in 2:02.58. Rowan later earned a first-place finish in the 200 IM with a time of 1:49.98 with teammate Eric Solis coming in second in 1:52.23.
Geer, who owns the top 50 free time in the country, had no problem winning the event as she swam to a time of 22.66, winning by more than a second. She also won the 100 free just a short time later in 49.34 with teammates Pazevic (51.34) and Leticia Lelli (51.45) placing second and third, respectively.
Stevens won the men’s 50 free in 20.54 as the Wildcats took the top four spots in the event. Amlee (20.61), Carson Brindle (20.98) and Steel (21.01) finished just behind Stevens.
Matt Barber gave the Wildcats another first-place finish as he won the 500 free with a time of 4:33.83.
The Wildcat women were dominant in the 100 fly as they claimed the top four spots. Ashley Evans took top honors with a time of 53.55 followed by Elizabeth Pepper (55.33), Lelli (56.48) and Hajdinjak (56.92).
To close out the day, the Wildcats claimed a victory in the 400 free relay as the team of Geer, Pazevic, Lelli and Finnegan touched first with a time of 3:21.71.
The Wildcats will now get set to kick off the Pac-12 Swimming and Diving Championships. Women’s swimming and men’s diving will compete in the conference championships February 26-March 1, while men’s swimming takes place March 5-8. Both championships will be at the Weyerhauser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
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