Women's swimmers, men's and women's divers head to Federal Way

By the Pac-12 Conference

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WHAT:
2013 Pac-12 Conference Women's Swimming & Men's and Women's Diving Championships

WHEN:
Wednesday, Feb. 27 - Saturday, March 2

WHERE:
Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center
650 Southwest Campus Drive, Federal Way, WA 98003

WHO:
• Women's swimming teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Oregon State, Stanford, UCLA, USC, Utah and Washington State.
• Men's diving teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Cal Poly, Stanford, UC Santa Barbara, USC and Utah.
• Women's diving teams from Arizona, Arizona State, California, Stanford, UCLA, USC and Utah.

TICKETS:
All tickets will be available at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on the day of the event only. Gates open at 10 a.m. each day.

All Session Pass (Feb. 27-March 2):
Adult: $30.00
Student with ID/Child/Senior (65 and over): $20.00
One Day Pass:
Adult: $15.00
Student with ID/Child/Senior (65 and over): $10.00

MEDIA CONTACT:
The Conference contact for swimming and diving is Alex Kaufman (akaufman@pac-12.org).

MEET RESULTS:
Results will be posted on the Pac-12 website (www.pac-12.com). Please contact Alex Kaufman at the Pac-12 office for more information.

SCHEDULE OF EVENTS

Wed., Feb. 27
6 p.m.
Finals/Time Standard Trials

200 Medley Relay
800 Freestyle Relay

Thurs., Feb. 28
11 a.m.
Preliminaries/Time Standard Trials
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Freestyle
Women's 3 Meter Prelim (after completion of swimming)
3 p.m.
Men's 1 Meter Prelim
Men's 1 Meter Final (15 minutes following prelim)
6 p.m.
Finals/Time Standard Trials
500 Freestyle
200 Individual Medley
50 Frestyle
Women's 3 Meter Final
200 Freestyle Relay

Fri., March 1
11 a.m.
Preliminaries/Time Standard Trials
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Men's 3 Meter Prelim (after completion of swimming)
3:30 p.m.
Women's 1 Meter Prelim
Women's 1 Meter Final (15 minutes following prelim)
6 p.m.
Finals/Time Standard Trials
400 Individual Medley
100 Butterfly
200 Freestyle
100 Breaststroke
100 Backstroke
Men's 3 Meter Final
400 Medley Relay

Sat., March 2
10 a.m.
Women's Platform Prelim
11 a.m.
Preliminaries/Time Standard Trials
200 back
100 free
200 breast
200 fly
1:15 p.m.
Men's Platform Prelim
Men's Platform Final (15 minutes following prelim)
4 p.m.
1650 Freestyle
6 p.m
Finals/Time Standard Trials
1650 Freestyle (fastest heat)
200 Backstroke
100 Freestyle
200 Breaststroke
200 Butterfly
Women's Platform Final
400 Freestyle Relay

*Tentative start time; all heats except A heat

Arizona
Five-time All-American Ellyn Baumgardner holds the third-fastest time in the NCAA in the 100 breaststroke this season. Freshman Bonnie Brandon, the Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month in January, owns the NCAA's second-fastest time in the 200 backstroke. Junior Margo Geer holds the NCAA's top time in the 50 freestyle this season. Junior Samantha Pickens, the school-record holder on the three-meter, took home Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Month honors for January after winning five of seven events in which she competed. She earned a pair of top-four finishes at the NCAA Championships in 2012 after placing second on the one-meter and fourth on the three-meter at the Pac-12 Championships. Rafael Quintero, one of the NCAA's top freshman divers, enters championship week on a hot streak. He swept the one-meter, three-meter and platform events at the Bruin Invitational in January to kick off a string of 12 straight top-two finishes to close out the season.

Arizona State
Junior All-American Tristin Baxter paces the Sun Devils this season. The distance specialist, who holds school records in the 1,000 freestyle (9:43.49) and the 1,650 freestyle (16:05.63), placed second in the 1,650 freestyle at the conference championships last season. Senior diver Harrison Jones has been nothing short of spectacular for the Sun Devils this season, having won both the 1-meter and 3-meter springboard diving events in every meet he has participated in. Jones, a transfer from USC, was the Pac-10 champion on the one-meter in 2009 and 2010. He was the Pac-12 Men's Diver of the Month for November and January. Divers Morgan Weller and Hailey Casper set new school marks on the three-meter in a January dual meet with Stanford.

California
Reigning Pac-12 Swimmer of the Year and 2012 Honda Sports Award winner Caitlin Leverenz took home a pair of NCAA individual titles and swam on the Bears' national champion 200 and 400 medley relay teams in 2012. Freshman Elizabeth Pelton has flourished in her first season in Berkley, claiming Pac-12 Swimmer of the Month honors in November and posting the NCAA's top times in 200 backstroke and the 200 IM. Olympic gold-medalist Rachel Boostma has also been stellar in her freshman campaign. Junior Kahley Rowell became the school's second women's diver to reach the NCAA Championships, where she placed fifth on the platform last season and qualified for the 2012 USA Diving World Championship Trials. On the men's side, freshman Collin Pollard holds Cal's top scores on the one-meter (343.73) and platform (278.50) this season. He also turned in the Bears' second-highest mark on the three-meter (350.25) at the Georgia Gall Invitational in November.

Cal Poly
Sophomore Elliot Adams leads the Mustangs in their third appearance at the Pac-12 Diving Championships. Adams placed fourth (2:36.20) in the three-meter final at the Trojan Diving Invitational in November. At the prestigious UCLA Diving Invitational in January, he finished 10th on the platform and 18th on the three-meter. Cal Poly joined the Conference in 2010-11 as an affiliate member in men's swimming and diving.

Oregon State
Oregon State junior Crystal Kibby, who took ninth in the 200 breaststroke at last year's Conference meet, has been a consistent scorer for the Beavers in dual meets this season. She has turned in OSU's top eight times in the 100 breaststroke and its top six times in the 200 breaststroke this season. She has also been the Beavers' most consistent swimmer in the 200 and 500 individual medley. Senior freestyle specialist Ocean Trail holds the OSU's top times in the 50 and 100 freestyle events. She also owns the team's fastest time in the 100 butterfly.

Stanford
Senior and eight-time All-American Andi Murez leads a talented group that features four swimmers who posted top-15 finishes at the 2012 NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships. Among them is junior Maya DiRado, the reigning Pac-12 champion and NCAA runner-up in the 200 backstroke. DiRado, a nine-time All-American, owns the fifth-fastest time in the 200-meter backstroke this season. Junior diver Stephanie Phipps, the 2011 Pac-10 Newcomer of the Year, finished fifth on the one-meter and the three-meter at last year's conference championships and earned an eighth-place finish at the NCAA Championships. On the men's side, sophomore Kristian Ipsen is the defending NCAA three-meter champion and a three-time All-American. The 2012 Olympic bronze-medalist also placed second on the one-meter and 10th on the platform at the NCAA meet last season.

UCLA
Junior freestyler Ting Quah and sophomore butterfly specialist Noelle Tarazona have more than held their own against some of the top competition in the country this season. Tarazona placed fourth in the 200 butterfly and set a UCLA freshman record in the 400 IM (4:12.94) at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Junior sprint freestyler Kathryn Murphy owns the UCLA short-course records in the 50 free and the 100 free. Sophomore diver Emma Ivory-Ganja, last year's Pac-12 Newcomer of the Year, closed out the 2013 regular season with victories in four of her final six events. She finished third on the three-meter and platform at the 2012 Pac-12 Diving Championships, setting a school record on the three-meter.

UC Santa Barbara
The Gauchos are led by Junior Nic Grantham and sophomores Erich Brodbeck and Ryan Gerard. Brodbeck placed fifth on the platform and the three-meter and fourth in the one-meter at the Trojan Invitational in November, and in a January dual meet with UNLV, he won the one-meter and three-meter events. Like Cal Poly, UCSB is in its third year as an affiliate member. UCSB resurrected diving in 2010-11 an 11-year absence.

USC
Senior co-captain Haley Anderson, a 2012 NCAA champion and Olympic silver medalist, turned in NCAA 'A' qualifying times in the 500 freestyle and 1,650 freestyle events this season. Joining Anderson are seven All-Americans, including fellow Olympian Stina Gardell, who claimed a pair of top-three finishes in the 2012 Pac-12 Championships. Sophomore diver Haley Ishimatsu has been tough to beat in one-meter and platform events this season. As a freshman in 2011, she won the ACC title on platform, setting a conference record and earning first team All-ACC honors. Ishimatsu, who represented the United States in the 2008 Olympics, took fourth on the platform at the 2012 U.S. Olympic Trials this past summer. Sophomore Jordan Gear finished fourth on the platform at last year's conference championships.

Utah
Utah is led by juniors Traycie Swartz and Samantha Zuch. Swartz holds school records in the 100 back (525.87), 50 freestyle (22.32) and 100 freestyle (48.70). Sophomore diver Kersten Merry became Utah's first Pac-12 Women's Diver of the Month after winning three events in December. Senior men's diver Nelson Foo placed third on the platform and fourth on the 3-meter at the 2012 Pac-12 Championships.

Washington State
Washington State's Emma Johansson has filled a variety of roles for the Cougars. The multitalented junior holds WSU's top times in the 50 freestyle, 100 backstroke and 100 butterfly this season. Johansson also plays a valuable role on the Washington State's relay teams. Freshman Loree Olson, one of the Cougars top distance swimmers, has also been counted on for production in multiple disciplines. Olson, who holds WSU's top times in the 200 back and the 440 individual medley, closed out the regular season with a victory in the 200 backstroke against Utah.

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