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Cats Sweep Grand Canyon in Season Opener

Dec 4, 2020

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TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona's men's and women's swimming teams put the finishing touches on their season-opening sweep of Grand Canyon on Friday evening at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Arizona's men defeated Grand Canyon 1,299-1,127 and the women beat the Antelopes 1,094-668.

For the second straight night, the Wildcats dominated finals, finishing atop the podium in nearly every single event. Axana Merckx led the way for the Wildcats with two individual titles in tonight's session.

After collecting seven NCAA B cuts last night, UA grabbed seven more on Friday. Brooks Fail (1650 free, 400 IM) picked up two more B cuts on Friday after earning two on Thursday. Noah Reid (100 fly), Ogi Maric (200 back), Isaac Stump (200 back), Sam Iida (200 breast) and David Schlicht (400 IM) also earned B cuts during the finale. 

In his first meet as a Wildcat, Maric swam the ninth-fastest 200 back in school history, winning the A final with a time of 1:41.82, good for an NCAA B cut.

Both the Arizona men's and women's teams improved to 1-0 following the first meet of the 2020-21 season.

WILDCAT TOP-3 FINISHERS
 
Men's 200 Medley Relay
1. Ogi Maric, Ryan Foote, Noah Reid, Marin Ercegovic (1:25.83)
3. Jack Anderson, Ty Wells, Brooks Taner, Tai Combs (1:29.16)
 
Women's 200 Medley Relay
1. Aria Bernal, Jade Neser, Julia Heimstead, Kayla Filipek (1:38.89)
2. Axana Merckx, Faith Knelson, Maddy Burt, Alayna Connor (1:40.59)
3. Skylar Dikeman, Kati Hage, Hannah Farrow, Jamie Stone (1:43.28)
 
Men's 1650 Freestyle
1. Brooks Fail (15:02.28) • NCAA B Cut
2. Christian Imbus (15:36.48)
 
Men's 100 Butterfly
1. Noah Reid (46.67) • NCAA B Cut
3. Brooks Taner (48.14)
 
Women's 100 Butterfly
2. Julia Heimstead (54.85)
 
Men's 200 Backstroke
1. Ogi Maric (1:41.82) • NCAA B Cut
2. Isaac Stump (1:44.28) • NCAA B Cut
3. Jack Anderson (1:48.63)
 
Women's 200 Backstroke
1. Axana Merckx (1:58.67)
2. Skylar Dikeman (1:59.97)
 
Men's 200 Breaststroke
1. Sam Iida (1:56.74) • NCAA B Cut
2. Jake Hand (1:59.91)
 
Women's 200 Breaststroke
1. Faith Knelson (2:16.55)
2. Kati Hage (2:19.75)
 
Men's 200 Freestyle
1. Hunter Ingram (1:36.52)
 
Women's 200 Freestyle
1. Amalie Mortensen (1:47.37)
2. Julia Heimstead (1:50.70)
 
Men's 50 Freestyle
1. Marin Ercegovic (20.03)
 
Women's 50 Freestyle
1. Kayla Filipek (22.78)
 
Men's 400 IM
1. David Schlicht (3:40.93) • NCAA B Cut
 
Women's 400 IM
1. Axana Merckx (4:26.54)

Men's 400 Freestyle Relay
1. Ogi Maric, Marin Ercegovic, Noah Reid, Brooks Fail (2:54.56)
3. Brooks Taner, Aldan Johnston, Mateja Milovanovic, Isaac Stump (3:01.10)

Women's 400 Freestyle Relay
1. Amalie Mortensen, Kayla Filipek, Alayna Connor, Julia Heimstead (3:20.44)
2. Faith Knelson, Grace Anderson, Jamie Stone, Jade Neser (3:26.55)