Arizona Captures Second Straight Pac-10 Swimming Title
Feb. 17, 2007
Long Beach, Calif. - The Pac-10 Women's Swimming Championships at Long Beach's Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool wrapped up on Saturday with Arizona defending its title by capturing the 2007 crown. The Wildcats finished with 1481.5 points to edge out the 1410 scored by Stanford.
'This is a great conference,' said Arizona head coach Frank Busch. 'This was a hard fought battle, everything was close. I'm very proud of the girls, they hung tough.'
At the start of the Saturday's championship finals, all of the seniors from each university were honored and recognized on Senior Night. And for most, it was a night to remember. This meet brought out incredibly fast swimming and solid competition from all of the nine competing schools.
Going into the final night of events at this year's championships, Stanford held a 24-point edge over Arizona as California trailed in third. However, the Cardinal couldn't withhold the lead as Arizona crept up to take the title of being Pac-10 champions.
'We are going to use this to spring board into NCAA's,' added Busch.
The 1650 started off the night's events. UCLA's Katie Nelson took the championship for the second straight year in this event in a time of 16:09.08.
Julia Smit stole the 200 back title in 1:54.88 to win her third individual title of the meet. The freshman is current ranked No. 1 in the nation in this event.
Cal's Emily Silver took the championship in the 100 free. Her time of 48.16 gave her the title, making it her second of the meet. Arizona's Lacey Nymeyer and Stanford's Brooke Bishop took second and third, respectively.
Going into the final ranked second, Stanford's Caroline Bruce swam away with the championship recording a 2:09.32 time. Bruce, a 2004 Olympian, was the 2005 Pac-10 and NCAA champion in the 200 breast.
'I took it out a lot slower and was able to come back and win,' said Bruce, speaking of her race. 'I was racing one of my best friends (USC's Rebecca Soni) so that helped me get to the finish.'
Stanford's Elaine Breeden took the championship in the 100 fly at 1:52.99 and broke the school record in the process. California took 2-3-4 with Dana Vollmer, Erin Reilly and Rachel Ridgeway.
The night ended with the 400 free relay. California finished the event and the Pac-10 meet by setting a new conference meet record with a finals time of 3:13.60. Arizona trailed in second and Stanford finished third.
Smit was named the Swimmer of the Meet.
'This has been the most exciting meet I've ever competed in,' Smit said. 'The atmosphere was unreal. I'm really looking forward to NCAA's.'
Final Team Standings
1. Arizona 1481.5
2. Stanford 1410
3. California 1355
4. UCLA 1024.5
5. USC 826
6. Arizona State 544
7. Oregon State 471
8. Washington 411
9. Washington State 378