Arizona Men's and Women's Swimming and Diving Sweep Home Opener

Nov. 2, 2001

TUCSON, Ariz. - The University of Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving teams both defeated Wisconsin this afternoon in the season's home opener. The Wildcat women won with the final score of 163-119, while the men won with the score of 149-129. The event was held at the Hillenbrand Aquatic on the University of Arizona campus.

Senior All-American diver Omar Ojeda broke another Arizona school record by scoring 465.65 points on the three-meter springboard. Ojeda held the previous record with 415.88 points, making his new record 49.77 points better. Ojeda holds four of the five school records kept in diving, the one and three-meter records for dual meets and the three and 10-meter records for championship meets. When asked about his accomplishment Ojeda stated, 'I'm very happy with the way I performed today. It's nice to begin the season by breaking a school record. He also commented on the men's diving squad this year, 'As a team we are diving well, I'm anxious to see how the rest of the season will turn out.'

In the pool for Cats today on the men's side freshman Aram Kevorkian won two events, the 1000 free (9:26.15) and the 500 free (4:32.57). Senior All-American Kristopher Souther and sophomore All-American Juan Veloz each took home an individual title as well. Souther swam to the time of 1:48.91 to capture the 200 backstroke event and Veloz touched the wall in the 200 butterfly at 1:47.82.

After coming off of a redshirt season senior diver Kelley Persinger placed first in both the one and the three-meter springboard events for the Arizona women. Persinger scored 330.40 points on the one-meter and 338.40 points on the three-meter.

Two Wildcat swimmers placed first in three races this afternoon, junior All-American Beth Botsford and newcomer Emily Mason. Botsford touched first in the 100 (55.23) and 200 back (1:58.69) as well as the 100 fly (56.38). Mason, in her first collegiate meet finished on top in the 200 fly (2:00.60), the 500 free (4:53.30) and the 400 IM (4:21.26). National Champion and All-American senior, Sarah Tolar won two events today in the 200 free (1:47.69) and the 100 free (50.31).

The next outing for the Cats will be November 16 as they host Southern California, followed by the Bruins of UCLA for the women and the California All-Stars for the men on Nov. 17.

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