Arizona hosts Texas for Final Home Meet of the Season

Jan. 26, 2004

This Week in the Pool - The sixth-ranked Arizona women's swimming and diving team and the seventh-ranked Arizona men's team will host the Texas Longhorns for the final home meet of the season on Friday, Jan. 30 at 2 p.m. (MST).

A Look at the Opponents - The University of Texas men's swimming and diving team is currently ranked second with a 3-1 overall record. The Longhorns defeated No. 8 Georgia last week, 126-117. The Texas women's team is ranked fifth with a 4-2 overall record after it's loss to No. 2 Georgia (169-126) last week.

Last Time in the Water - Arizona's men and women traveled to Northern California on Jan. 23-24 to take on Pac-10 rivals Cal and Stanford. Both teams posted their first loses of the season on Friday in a dual meet against California. The No. 8 women of Cal defeated the No. 6 Wildcats, 152-148, and the No. 7 Arizona men's team fell to the No. 4 Golden Bears, 169-118.

On the diving boards for the women, freshman Mary Yarrison swept the competition winning the three-meter diving event with 308.475 points and the one-meter with 276.825 points. Senior Jennifer Hess placed third on the three-meter and second on the one-meter with 246.675 points. Senior Daniela Bemme took second place on the three-meter with 267.375 points.

Senior Josh Anderson was successful for the men's diving team, winning the one-meter event with 287.85 points and placing second on the three-meter. Senior Alex Vollelunga also placed twice in the competition by posting a score of 279.9 for second place on the one-meter and third place on the three-meter board.

While the women's team was unable to pull out a victory, there were many notable performances from a few Wildcat swimmers. Senior Jessica Wagner won first place in two events, the 100 breaststroke (1:09.04), and the 200 breaststroke (2:30.03). Junior Jessica Hayes took first place in the 200 backstroke (2:08.57) and second in the 200 freestyle (2:00.34). Junior Emily Mason posted a first place win in the 200 butterfly (2:12.76), and freshman Whitney Myers was first in the 200 Individual Medley (2:15.76).

The Arizona men's team concluded the meet by winning the 400 freestyle relay made up of sophomores Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett, senior Eric La Fleur and junior Byron Jeffers with a time of 3:21.78. Sophomore Simon Burnett posted the only individual win for the Wildcats in the 200 freestyle (1:50.06). Burnett was second in the 400 freestyle (3:54.90), with sophomore Tyler DeBerry not far behind in third (4:00.85). Senior Juan Veloz took second place in the 200 butterfly with a time of 1:59.55.

The Wildcats traveled to Stanford on Saturday for another dual meet against the Cardinal. The No. 3 men of Stanford defeated the No. 7 Wildcats, 154-133, and the No. 6 Arizona women's team fell, 166-134, to Stanford's No. 4 women's team. The Arizona men's record dropped to 4-2 overall and the women fell to 5-2 overall.

The Arizona men's diving team took the top three places in the one-meter diving competition. Senior Josh Anderson was the winner with 303.90 points. Sophomore John Collier was second (271.35) and freshman J.J Aderholt was third (235.28). In the three-meter competition, Senior Alex Vollelunga took the top spot with 268.12 points and teammates Collier and Aderholt came in second and third, respectively.

On the one-meter board for the women freshman, Mary Yarrison was second with 275.03 points, and senior Daniela Bemme came in third with 248.30 points. Bemme also took third place on the three-meter (277.35), and Yarrison was fourth (264.00).

Sophomore Lyndon Ferns posted two first place victories for the men in the 50-yard freestyle (20.17) and the 100-yard freestyle (44.20). Senior Juan Veloz tallied a first place win in the 400-yard IM (3:59.54) and placed second in the 200-yard butterfly (1:47.06). To conclude the meet, the 200-yard freestyle relay team of Ferns, senior Eric La Fleur, sophomore Simon Burnett and junior Byron Jeffers won first place with a time of 1:20.36.

Starting things out for the women in the 1000-yard freestyle was junior Emily Mason, who won the race in a time of 9:56.69. Mason also won the 500-yard freestyle with a 'B' standard qualifying time of 4:49.34. Sophomore Jenna Gresdal posted two first place victories in the 100-yard backstroke (55.67) and in the 200-yard backstroke (1:59.27). Junior Jessica Hayes placed first in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 51.13. Freshman Whitney Myers received second place in three events starting with the 200-yard butterfly (1:59.33), the 100-yard butterfly (55.49), and the 200-yard Individual Medley (2:02.69).

Flying Ferns - Sophomore Lyndon Ferns broke two records in the last day of competition at the Texas Invitational on Dec. 6th. Ferns swam the 100-yard freestyle in a time of 42.40 breaking the Arizona record held by NCAA Champion Ronald Schoeman, who set the record in 2000 with a time of 42.56. Ferns later broke the 49-second mark swimming the 100-meter freestyle in 48.99, breaking the South African record held by former Arizona Wildcat Ryk Neesling, one of the most decorated NCAA champions of all time.

Back in Action- Sophomore Simon Burnett returns to the Wildcats for the second semester after training for the 2004 Olympic games in Britain. Burnett took home the NCAA title in the 200 freestyle as a freshman in a time of 1:33.69

Best of the Boards - Freshman Mary Yarrison and senior Josh Anderson finished their three-day competition at the 2004 FINA World Cup Diving Trials successfully finishing in fifth and sixth-place, respectively. Yarrison partnered up with freshman Cassidy Krug from Stanford University for the three-meter synchronized dive. The freshman duo posted a final score of 497.85 to earn fifth place in the competition. Josh Anderson qualified for individual competition on the 10-meter platform, finishing with 801.30 points for sixth place.

Arizona's Next Action - The Wildcats will travel to Tempe, Ariz. on Saturday, Feb. 14 to take on the Arizona State Sun Devils in a dual meet at 1 p.m. (MST).

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