Cats Win Opener

Oct. 31, 2008

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TUCSON – Competing for the first time since they each won a national championship, the Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving teams won its dual meets over the Wisconsin Badgers today. The women posted a 179-120 decision, while the men prevailed, 173-126.


“Today we executed a lot of things we were looking to accomplish,” said Arizona head coach Frank Busch. “Some of our newcomers stepped up, but I thought others were a little shell-shocked. Our goal is to improve upon each meet.”


The Arizona women used a combination of tremendous depth and solid contributions from a few newcomers. Auburn-transfer Julie Stupp, competing for the first time as a Wildcat, won the 200-yard breaststroke with a time of 2:14.25. Stupp also swam the 200-yard individual medley as an exhibition and posted a time of 2:01.80.


Freshman Alyssa Anderson also made her debut at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. The Granite Bay, Calif. product won the 1000-yard freestyle with a time of 9:56.12. Anderson won the 200-yard butterfly as well, posting a time of 1:59.98.


For the men, Tucson native Bryan O’Connor won both the 200-yard backstroke and the 200-yard IM, posting times of 1:48.78 and 1:51.76, respectively. Freshman Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or looked sharp in the 200-yard freestyle, winning with a time of 1:41.56.


As for the relays, Arizona proved to be too much for Wisconsin as both the men and women won the 200 medley relay to begin the meet. UA’s team of Hailey DeGolia, Annie Chandler, Lara Jackson and Anna Turner turned in a time of 1:41.34. The men’s medley relay team of Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus, Jordan Slaughter and Jordan Smith recorded a time of 1:32.19.


At the new dive pool, Arizona’s Ben Grado won both the one-meter and three-meter events for the men with scores of 373.80 and 403.79. Freshman Matt McCahill finished third in the three-meter event with a score of 297.53.


To close today’s meet the Wisconsin men won the 200 free relay, posting a time of 1:22.78 to the next closest Arizona time of 1:23.35. The Arizona women won the 200 free relay topping Wisconsin with a time of 1.33.11


Overall, Arizona won 21 of the 32 events.  


Next up, Arizona swimming and diving will travel to Los Angeles the weekend of Nov. 14 to take on USC and UCLA.



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