Cats Fight On In Long Beach

Feb. 26, 2010

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LONG BEACH, Calif. – In day three of the Pac-10 Championships, the Arizona women’s swimming and diving team picked up clutch performances from Leo Vorster, Whitney Lopus and Ana Agy as it heads into the final day of competition tomorrow.


In the 400 individual medley, Alyssa Anderson won her second straight “B” heat final with a time of 4:12.90.  Anderson was followed by teammate Jenny Forster in second with a time of 4:14.04.  In the “A” heat, Stanford’s Julia Smit set her second straight American record with a time of 3:58.23.


Agy, Dana Christ and Whitney Lopus all qualified for the “A” heat in the 100 fly, finishing fifth, sixth and eighth, respectively.  Their three swims alone accounted for 71 points for UA. 


Then in the 200 free, Vorster and Lopus each qualified for the final heat.  Vorster, swimming in a time of 1:46.18, placed fourth overall while Lopus, immediately following her finish in the 100 fly, placed eighth with a time of 1:49.35.


Annie Chandler, swimming in the 100 breast, was second overall, shaving seven tenths of a second off her prelim time.  With rest before the NCAA meet, Chandler looks to be one of the favorites yet again.  Also joining her in the finals were teammates Sara El Bekri and Chelsey Salli who finished fourth and sixth, respectively.


One of UA’s most potent events this year has been the 100 backstroke and today was no different as Ana Agy placed third, followed by Andrea Boritzke in fourth and Hannah Ross in sixth.  Forster and Caitlin Iversen exhibitioned the race in which the Cats could place as many as three swimmers in the final heat at NCAA’s.


In the relay for Friday night, Arizona’s team of Agy, Chandler, Christ and Vorster finished third in the 400 medley relay with a time of 3:33.65.  UA set the American and NCAA record last season in the very same event with Agy and Chandler swimming the opening legs.


The Arizona divers found rough waters yet again Friday as Ainsley Oliver could not claw her way into the final eight competitors and placed tenth overall in the women’s 3-meter springboard.  Alex Wollach was 17th for UA as well.


In men’s diving, Ben Grado earned his way onto the podium, placing third overall in the 1-meter event with a score of 391.75 in the final round.  Tomorrow Grado, along with Andres Guerra and Matt McCahill will compete on platform. 


Tomorrow’s events include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 1650 free, platform diving and 400 free relay to close the championships.


Points Through Event 14

1. Stanford – 988

2. Cal – 921

3. USC – 842.5

4. Arizona – 809

5. UCLA – 644.5

6. ASU – 424

7. Oregon State – 317

8. Washington State – 237


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