Feb. 1, 2013
TUCSON, Ariz. – Several impressive individual performances led the Arizona swimming and diving teams in a tri-meet against Texas and SMU on Friday at the Lee and Joe Jamail Texas Swimming Center.
The No. 5 women’s team defeated SMU, 230-58 and fell narrowly to No. 10 Texas, 154-146. Meanwhile, the No. 1 men’s team knocked off SMU, 165-134 but was defeated by No. 7 Texas, 166-125.
Freshman Bonnie Brandon continues to add on to her already impressive resume by earning two more first-place finishes. She opened the day by swimming a sizzling 9:43.74 to win the 1000 free – her top time in the event so far this season by almost 10 seconds. The time will also go down as the fourth fastest in school history. Brandon followed that effort up by later winning the 500 free in 4:49.51. The work was not done for Brandon as she out-touched teammate Lauren Smart to win the 200 back with a time of 1:57.34.
Smart continues her strong senior campaign by winning the 100 back with a time of 53.92.
The Wildcats went 1-2 in the exciting 50 free event as Margo Geer just out-touched Kait Flederbach. Geer recorded a time of 22.57 with Flederbach coming in at 22.59. Geer continues to dominate the sprint freestyles as she also earned first place in the 100 free with a time of 48.53, with Flederback following in second at 49.03.
Ashley Evans earned a first-place finish in the 200 fly with her top time this season of 1:56.83 to easily win the event by almost four seconds. The time was also a personal best by more than a second.
The Wildcat women also earned a first-place finish in the 400 medley relay as Flederbach, Geer, Megan Lafferty and Alana Pazevic touched in 3:36.24 to win by more than a second.
Freshman Michael Meyer got his first taste of competition last weekend with a win in the 400 IM and today he added the 200 fly victory to his resume with a time of 1:44.38. The time is the best by an Arizona swimmer in the event this season. Meyer followed that up with a victory in the 400 IM with a time of 3:46.29 to outlast teammates Eric Solis and Andrew Porter as the Cats took the top three spots. Meyer’s time is the top time by an Arizona swimmer this season and is a top-10 time in school history.
Another impressive effort came from freshman Andrew Sovero, who came out strong in the 100 breast to earn his first top finish in the event this season. His time of 53.63 was also his top time so far this year.
The three teams will also compete tomorrow morning beginning at 10 a.m. CT but there will not be team scores. It will be a chance for swimmers to record qualifying NCAA times.
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