Swimmers, Divers Head To Federal Way
The 2012 Pac-12 Women's Swimming and Men's and Women's Diving Championships will take place this Wednesday through Saturday, February 22-25, at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash. For a complete schedule, see the Pac-12 Championships link above.
PAC-12 SWIMMERS AND DIVERS TO WATCH
Senior Alyssa Anderson, an 11-time All-American, broke the Arizona 500 free record with a time of 4:34.34 at the 2011 NCAA Championships. She also holds the second-fastest time in school history in the 200 fly. Sophomore sprinter Margo Geer, a six-time All-American as a freshman, ranks second in school history in the 50 and 100 free. She also swims on the Wildcats' 400 free relay team that posted the season's fastest time (3:12.76) at the Texas Invitational. Sophomore diver Samantha Pickens set the school record on the 3-meter with a 364.50 against Texas in January. Senior Ben Grado has not finished outside the top three on all boards his season.
The Sun Devils are led by senior All-American Rebecca Ejdervik, the two-time defending Conference champion in the 100 breast. Ejdervik set the ASU record in the event at least year's meet (58.90). Junior Cassie Morrice ranks fifth in the Pac-12 in the 500 free this season. Senior Elina Eggers, last year's runner-up on the platform at the NCAA Championships, won the Pac-10 platform title in 2010 and placed second on all three boards last year. Senior Cameron Bradshaw, who scored a season high 388.43 on the 3-meter against Arizona in the regular-season finale, leads ASU men's divers.
Junior Caitlin Leverenz is the defending Conference champion in the 200 breast. A U.S. National Team member, Leverenz set the American record in the 400m IM (4:24.62) at the Mutual of Omaha Duel in the Pool in December. Senior Liv Jensen, one of the nation's top sprinters, won the 2010 NCAA title in the 50 free and finished second in 2011. She also anchored all five relays to help Cal capture the its second NCAA championship in three years last season. Senior Molly Hayes, who has posted several NCAA regional qualifying scores this year, leads Cal divers. Sophomore Tyler Pullen placed second on the platform at the Stanford Invitational.
Freshman Elliott Adams will represent the Mustangs in their first appearance at the Pac-12 Championships for diving. Cal Poly joined the Conference in 2010-11 as an affiliate member in men's swimming and diving.
Senior Jenni Dole holds the school records in the 100 and 200 back. Junior Rachel O'Brien ranks in the top 10 of several OSU categories, including second in the 200 fly and third in the 100 fly. Both Dole and O'Brien represented the Beavers at the NCAA Championships last year. Shelby Webber, a member of OSU's talented freshman class, achieved an Olympic trial qualifying time in November. Dole and O'Brien qualified for the Olympic Trials based on performances last summer.
Stanford, winner of 18 Pac-10 Championships, is led by senior Samantha Woodward, a 15-time All-American. Sophomore Maya DiRado, last year's Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, is already a five-time All-American and holds the NCAA's top time in the 200 backstroke this season (1:52.57). The Cardinal are seeking their third straight Conference title, which would be the program's longest streak since winning 13 in a row from 1987 to 1999. Sophomore Stephanie Phipps earned All-America honors on the three-meter and was named Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year in her first season. While freshman Kristian Ipsen is competing at the World Cup in London, senior Taylor Sishc leads a talented group of Stanford men's divers.
Senior Yasi Jahanshahi ranks seventh nationally in the 200 fly this season. She earned honorable mention All-America honors in the event at last year's NCAA Championships. Jahanshahi has already qualified for the Olympic Trials in the 100 fly, 200 fly and 200 back. Freshman Emma Ivory-Ganja was named Pac-12 December Diver of the Month after scoring 312.00 on the platform at U.S. Winter Nationals, missing the UCLA record by 0.70 points. Ivory, along with sophomore Paulina Guzman and sophomore Haley McNamara have qualified for the NCAA Zone E Championships.
UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos have three divers entered - junior Nic Grantham and freshmen Erich Brodbeck and Ryan Gerard. Like Cal Poly, UCSB is in its second year as an affiliate member. UCSB resurrected diving last season after an 11-year absence.
Senior Katinka Hosszu, a 13-time All-American, won three individual titles each at last year's Conference meet and then at the NCAA Championships, earning Swimmer of the Meet at both events. She also won the 2011 Honda Sports Award as the nation's top collegiate swimmer. Hosszu is the defending champion in the 200 IM, 400 IM and 200 fly. Three-time All-American Haley Anderson owns two Conference crowns in the 1,650 free and one in the 500 free. Senior Victoria Ishimatsu, a three-time Pac-10 Women's Diver of the Year, has captured five Conference diving crowns - two in a row on the one-meter and three-straight on the three-meter. Freshman Jordan Gear leads the USC men.
Senior Hannah Caron leads Utah in its first Pac-12 Championships. Caron won the 100 fly at the 2011 Mountain West Conference Championships and went onto represent the Utes at the NCAA Championships. She holds the Utah record in the 200 IM and has been a part of four school record-setting relay teams. Sophomore Traycie Swartz holds school records in the 100 back and 100 free as well as two relays. Junior Ellis Walters and junior Nelson Foo headline the Ute diving squad.
The Cougars are in their first season under head coach Tom Jager, who won six NCAA titles while at UCLA and two gold medals in the 1984 Olympic Games. Senior Danielle Palumbo entered the season ranked third in WSU history in the 200 back. Senior Jessie Craig has led the Cougars in the breaststroke and medley relay events. The squad's five seniors account for 12 spots on all-time top-10 lists at WSU.