Arizona Swimming and Diving Successful after Two Days at Texas Invitational

Dec. 5, 2003

AUSTIN, Texas- After two days of competition at the 2003 Texas Invitational, the Arizona men's and women's swimming teams have set a total of 16 qualifying times for the NCAA Championships. On Friday, three Arizona divers qualified for the finals. Freshman Mary Yarrison took first place with a score of 464.60.

Senior Daniela Bemme scored 440.95 for sixth place for the women and senior Alex Vollelunga scored a 305.90, taking home the third place position on the men's side in tonight's diving competition.

In the evening action, the women's 200-yard medley relay of sophomore Marshi Smith, senior Jessica Wagner, sophomore Lisa Pursley and sophomore Ryann Hackett posted a consideration time for NCAA championships with a time of 1:41.51.

Junior Emily Mason swam the 200-yard freestyle in 1:47.05, automatically qualifying for NCAA championships. Freshman Melissa Johnson qualified in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:48.5. Senior Jessica Wagner posted an automatic qualifying time in the 100-yard breaststroke with a time of 1:01.22.

The men's 200-yard medley relay of senior Eric La Fleur, sophomore Dave Rollins, senior Luis Rojas and sophomore Lyndon Ferns clocked in a time of 1:28.25, to earn a consideration bid at NCAA Championships.

Ferns also received an automatic qualifying time in the 200-yard freestyle with a time of 1:36.1. Sophomore Tyler DeBerry swam the 200-yard freestyle in a time of 1:37.50 and teammate Byron Jeffers swam it in a time of 1:39.10, which will eventually qualify the three 200- freestyle swimmers for the 800-yard freestyle relay at the NCAA championships.

'We had great swims today,' head coach Frank Busch said. 'We are getting everyone to the NCAA championships which is what we want from this meet. At a meet like the Texas Invitational, we are concentrating on getting everyone qualified and with each session the team seems to be improving.'

The Wildcats conclude the 2003 Texas Invitational on Saturday Dec. 6. Preliminary action will begin at 10 a.m. and finals will be held at 6 p.m.

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