Women's swim team finishes 5th

By Jacinda Sweet
Arizona Daily Wildcat
February 19, 1996

The Arizona women's swim team traveled to Long Beach, Calif. this weekend to compete in the Pacific 10 Championships and came home with a fifth-place finish.

After going undefeated in dual meet competition during the regular season (7-0), the Wildcats scored 669.0 points, good enough for fifth behind Stanford (1583.0), USC (984.0), UCLA (840.0), and California (750.5).

The Wildcats also finished fifth at the Pac-10 championships last year - their highest finish ever in the conference championship.

The Cardinal ran away with the Pac-10 crown, posting a first-, second-, or third-place finish in every event, including the 400-yard freestyle relay.

Stanford's team of Lisa Jacob, Lindsay Gassner, Claudia Franco, and Jessica Tong posted a winning time of 3 minutes, 20.73 seconds. Arizona's "A" team, consisting of Shannon Hosack, Liesl Kolbisen, Casey Legler, and Ashley Tappin, finished fourth in the event.

Leading the Wildcats was sophomore sensation Laurie Kline, who finished second in the 1650-yard freestyle, posting a time of 16:31.35. Many of the Wildcats will now get set to compete at the Olympic Trials which will be held March 20-23.

The Arizona women's diving team will host the Pac-10 championships Feb. 22-24 at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.