The UA swim teams had an easy go of things on Saturday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center, with both the men and women defeating UNLV. The men won 145.5-112.5 and the women won 141-117. Sophomore Olympian Ryk Neethling led the men with a 9:04.12 in the 1000 meter freestyle, the fastest time in the country this year. Neethling has dominated the long-distance races so far this year. Rounding out the men's team on Saturday was freshman Jay Schryver, who swam the sixth fastest time in the country in the 200m freestyle (1:38.93), and sophomore Matt Allen, whose 49.52 in the 100m backstroke gave him the fifth fastest time in the nation.
On the women's side, senior Shannon Hosack had a big day, winning the 50m freestyle (23.72) and the 100m butterfly (56.82). Also turning in a strong performance was freshman Lindsay Farella, who won the 200m frees in 1:52.89 and finished second in the 50m and 100m free races.
"We had some really good swims today," coach Frank Busch said. "The women are swimming very fast right now."
Busch was especially proud of his relay teams. Although individual performances dominated the meet, it was the relays which separated the Wildcats from UNLV. The men's relay teams defeated UNLV by an overwhelming 26-8, while the women's won 21-17. Arizona men finished 1-2-3 in the 200m medley relay and 1-2 in the 200m freestyle relay.
"The relays were excellent today," Busch said. "You judge a team on how good their relays are."
- Bryan Rosenbaum
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By the Numbers
Wildcat runners named to the Pac-10 Cross Country All-Academic team. Seniors Margarito Casillas and Kelly Chavez made the second team while junior Demian Quiroz was an honorable mention selection. Casillas has a 3.32 grade point average in Spanish, Chavez has a 3.84 GPA in Physiological Sciences and Quiroz has a 3.74 GPA in Mechanical Engineering.