Cats Continue On At Pac-10 Champs

Feb. 25, 2010

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – On night two of the Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Olympic Plaza Pool, the University of Arizona women’s swimming and diving team showcased its depth while also turning in several strong individual performances.


In the 500 freestyle, Alyssa Anderson won the “B” final with a time of 4:42.13, earning 20 points for Arizona.  Swimming in the “A” heat, Leo Vorster claimed fifth overall adding another 25 points to UA’s point total.  Joni Keith, Susana Helms and Monica Drake also scored for the Wildcats, capturing 30 points between them.


The Cats did not place a swimmer in the “A” heat in the 200 I.M. which saw Stanford’s Julia Smit break her own NCAA and American record with a time of 1:52.31.  In the “B” heat of the 200 I.M., Jenny Forster finished runner-up, followed by Andre Boritzke in fourth. Five UA swimmers qualified for the “C” heat and combined to score 15 points with Caitlin Iversen leading the way followed by Dana Christ, Annie Chandler, Hannah Ross and Chelsey Salli.


Justine Schluntz placed eighth overall for UA in the 50 free, good for 22 points.  Emma Darlington, swimming in the “B” final was runner-up with a time of 22.80. 


To close the evening,  Arizona placed third in the 200 free relay with the team of Schluntz, Ana Agy, Darlington and Boritzke combining to turn in a time of 1:29.50.


In diving events in Federal Way, Wash., Ben Grado had a preliminary score of 392.45 and 376.80 in the final heat to place sixth overall.  On the women’s side, Ainsley Oliver had a preliminary score of 234.35 on the 1-meter springboard which placed her 12th overall and earned 15 points.


After two days of events, the Cats are currently in fourth place with a score of 352.  Stanford leads with 510 followed by Cal with 476 and USC at 435.


Tomorrow in swimming events in Long Beach, the Wildcats will compete in the 400 I.M., 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back.  They’ll cap the events Friday night with the 400 medley relay.  For diving events in Federal Way,  the UA men’s team will be on the 1-meter boards while the women switch over to the 3-meter.


Points Through Event 7

1. Stanford – 510

2. Cal – 476

3. USC – 435

4. Arizona – 352

5. UCLA – 328

6. ASU – 206

7. Washington State – 170

8. Oregon State -- 154


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