Wildcats Head to Texas

Dec. 3, 2008

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On Deck

The Wildcat swimmer’s head to Austin, Texas for the prestigious Texas Invitational. The Texas Invite annually includes some of the top swimmers in the country. With UT’s “fast pool”, there are certain to be many new records set.


The Competition

Those joining the defending NCAA champs in Austin include: host Texas (men and women), Arizona State (men and women), Nebraska (women), Hawai'i (divers only), UCLA (women), SMU (men and women), Washington State (women) and Wisconsin (men and women).


In the rankings

Currently in the Collegeswimming.com rankings, the Arizona men are ranked second and women ranked fourth. The men entered the season as the third ranked team while the women were first overall.


Last Year in Austin

Last season the Arizona women won the Texas Invitational by posting an overall score of 859. The men finished runner-up in the competition with a score of 610.5.


Live Action

Follow the Arizona swimmers and the rest of the field here: http://www.tsc.utexas.edu/results/index.htm



Schedule of Events
Thursday, Dec. 4
Swimming (10 a.m. prelims/6 p.m. finals)
100 butterfly
500 freestyle
200 IM
50 freestyle
200 freestyle relay
400 medley relay (evening finals only)

Friday, Dec. 5
Swimming (10 a.m. prelims/6 p.m. finals)
400 IM
200 freestyle
100 breaststroke
100 backstroke
200 medley relay
800 freestyle relay (evening finals only)

Saturday, Dec. 6
Swimming (10 a.m. prelims/6 p.m. finals)
200 backstroke
100 freestyle
200 breaststroke
200 butterfly
1,650 freestyle (fastest heat swum with finals)
400 freestyle relay (evening finals only)

Last time in the water

In the Arizona women’s previous competition, they defeated UCLA by the score of 157-121. The men lost their previous meet in Los Angeles to USC, 91-152.


Head Coach Frank Busch

Entering his 20th year as head coach, Frank Busch has transformed the University of Arizona swimming and diving into one of the nation's most powerful programs. The 2007-08 season was a breakthrough for Busch and his charges, as both the men’s and women’s swim teams captured NCAA championship, the first two in school history.  Over the course of seven days the Wildcats used a team-first mantra to rise to the top of the collegiate swimming world in dominating fashion – the men prevailed by 94 points and the women triumphed by 136.  The squads combined to win two individual national championships, eight relay national championships and earn a total of 57 All-America accolades.  For his efforts, Busch earned both the men’s and women’s NCAA Coach-of-the-Year accolades, an honor he has earned six times in his career. Busch’s 2008 campaign was capped by a successful Olympic experience.  He was named an assistant coach for the United States swim team, where a total of 15 of his current or former swimmers participated and represented seven different nations at the Beijing Games.


Next Up

Following the Texas Invite, the Cats are off until 2009. On Jan. 2, Arizona will host the trio of Northern Arizona, Oregon State and Washington in a dual meet.