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Women swimmers 5th at NCAAs

The UA women's swimming and diving team finished fifth at the NCAA Championships in Long Island, N.Y. Saturday night.

The Wildcats' 304 points put them well behind Georgia, who defended its championship from last season by racking up 389 points.

Stanford (387.5), Texas (350.5) and Auburn (324) also finished ahead of Arizona.

"We're a little disappointed maybe that we didn't finish in the top four, but knowing the adversity that our squad faced this year, it was nice to see them work hard and finish in fifth place," UA head coach Frank Busch said.

Arizona did not come home empty-handed, though, as two swimmers claimed individual titles.

Sophomore Amanda Beard won the 200-meter breaststroke event with a time of 2:09.09. Beard's time was 0.09 of a second faster than Stanford freshman Tara Kirk.

Junior Sarah Tolar claimed her first individual title as a Wildcat, as she won the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:45.21. Read tomorrow's Wildcat for a complete recap.