Arizona Swimming & Diving Host Three Southern California Teams This Weekend

Nov. 14, 2001

This Week's Schedule: The fifth ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team and the seventh ranked men will be taking on Southern California at home this Friday. The USC women are currently ranked No. 6 and the men are No. 4, according to the College Swimming Coaches of America's latest pole. On Saturday, the Wildcat women will be competing against the No. 9 UCLA Bruins and the men will be swimming against the California All-Stars.

The Cats Last Outing: Both the Arizona women and men opened the 2001-02 season with victories. The women defeated Wisconsin with the final score of 163-119, while the men won with the score of 149-129. Senior All-American diver Omar Ojeda broke another Arizona school record by scoring 465.65 points on the three-meter springboard. In the pool for Wildcat men, freshman Aram Kevorkian won two events, the 1000y free (9:26.15) and the 500y 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 200y backstroke event and Veloz touched the wall in the 200y 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 Wildcat women. Persinger scored 330.40 points on the one-meter and 338.40 points on the three-meter. Two Arizona women placed first in three races, junior All-American Beth Botsford and newcomer Emily Mason. Botsford touched first in the 100y (55.23) and 200y back (1:58.69) as well as the 100y fly (56.38). Mason, in her first collegiate meet finished on top in the 200y fly (2:00.60), the 500y free (4:53.30) and the 400y IM (4:21.26). National Champion and All-American senior, Sarah Tolar won two events, in the 200y free (1:47.69) and the 100y free (50.31).

The Newest Members of the Wildcats Squad: This year the Cats welcome eight new women on the team and six new men. On the women's side there are two transfer students in Lindsey Highstrom and April Martin. Highstrom comes to the Cats from the University of Nebraska while Martin comes from Rice University. Highstrom and Martin will bring added depth to the butterfly and backstroke events. Six freshman will join the

add depth in the IM, freestyle and breastsroke events.

The Wildcats Next Outing: The Arizona men'a and women's swimming teams will travel to Austin, Texas to partake in the Texas Invitational from Nov. 30 - Dec. 2. The event will take place at the Joe and Lee Jamail Texas Swimming Center.

Cats in Cyberspace: For the latest news, notes and results on not only the swimming and diving squads, but also the other 17 intercollegiate sports that the UA has to offer, log on to the official athletic website of the University of Arizona...

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