Jan. 3, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – After nearly a month away from team competition, the Arizona women’s swimming and diving team returns to the pool to host Northern Arizona, New Mexico State and Oregon State at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Friday at noon.
The last time the Wildcats were in team competition was at the AT&T Winter National Championships from Nov. 29 – Dec. 1. Arizona finished in second place as a team during the event and shattered several records. Individually, freshman Bonnie Brandon shattered the school record in the 200 back with a time of 1:51.49. The time is currently the second best in the NCAA this season. In addition, the women’s 4x200 medley relay, 4x200 free relay, 4x100 medley relay and 4x400 free relay each broke meet records.
Meanwhile, junior Margo Geer owns the top 50 free (21.82) and 100 free (47.16) in the country so far this season. In addition, her top 200 free time of 1.44.43 ranks fourth nationally.
Senior Ellyn Baumgardner has the third fastest 100 breast time in the NCAA so far this year with a time of 58.86, while Lauren Smart has top-10 times in both the 100 back (52.57) and the 100 butterfly (52.49).
The Wildcats, who are ranked No. 6 in the current College Swimming Coaches Association of America Poll, own a 5-2 record in dual meets thus far in the season.
The men’s and women’s diving team will head to Los Angeles beginning Jan. 11 for the three-day Bruin Diving Invitational. Both swim teams return to competition on Jan. 25-26 for duals against California and Stanford.
Scouting the Opponents
Northern Arizona enters Friday’s meet with a 4-2 record in dual meets. The Lumberjacks have defeated Arizona State, New Mexico, Northern Colorado and New Mexico State. NAU most recently finished training and competing in south Florida just prior to the holidays. The Lumberjacks faced Northwestern in an exhibition affair at the conclusion of their training.
New Mexico State heads into Friday’s competition with a 2-3 overall record. The Aggies defeated Air Force and Colorado State during the fall semester. NMSU dropped their last dual meet against Northern Arizona back on December 1, 176-116.
Oregon State has faced some stiff competition in the early going as it is still looking for its first dual victory of the season. The Beavers have dropped dual decisions to UCLA, UC Santa Barbara, Utah and Boise State. OSU most recently competed in the Husky Invite, where it had 16 top-five finishes during the three-day event.
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