2005 Arizona Hall of Fame: UA HoF to induct 12

Arizona Daily Wildcat
Friday, November 4, 2005

As part of Arizona's Homecoming weekend, the University of Arizona Sports Hall of Fame will welcome eight former Wildcats and a national championship team in ceremonies today in McKale Center:

Jenna Daniels - Women's golf, 1996-2000: Daniels was instrumental in the Wildcats' second national championship earned in 2000, winning the individual title at the NCAA Championships by three strokes. She carried a 71.70 stroke per round average her senior season, finishing no lower than 15th in any tournament, as Arizona won its final eight events of the year.

Rand Evett - Men's tennis, 1971-75: Evett spurred the Wildcats to three straight Western Athletic Conference championships as Arizona's No. 1 player in each of his four seasons. He was selected as an NCAA All-American in 1973 and 1974, reaching the NCAA doubles semifinals in his junior year.

Heidi Hornbeek - Gymnastics, 1996-2000: Hornbeek finished her career with Pacific 10 Conference titles in the beam, floor and all-around events, and was the NCAA floor champion as a freshman. Her perfect 10s in the vault and floor exercise events are still tops in program history.

Trina Jackson - Women's swim and dive, 1996-2000: Jackson was part of the 800-yard freestyle team that in 1996 became only the second squad in history to record a relay time under eight minutes. She was part of the NCAA champion 800y freestyle relay teams in 1998 and 2000, and won NCAA titles in the 1,650y freestyle in 1997 and 1998.

Esko Mikkola - Men's track and field, 1998-2000: In his final season, Mikkola became only the third Wildcat to win an NCAA javelin title. He was a three-time Pac-10 javelin champion and a three-time All-America selection.

Ryk Neethling - Men's swim and dive, 1996-2000: Over his career, Neethling amassed nine NCAA individual titles, the most of any Arizona athlete and third in NCAA history. Neethling's times in the 50y, 100y and 200y freestyle and individual medleys still rank in top 10 in the world.

Ted Purdy - Men's golf, 1992-96: A four-time All-Pac-10 selection and a All-America selection, Purdy defeated Stanford's Tiger Woods by six strokes to win the 1996 Arizona Ping Invitational. He was the runner-up at the 1995 NCAA Championships.

Miles Simon - Men's basketball, 1994-98: Simon earned Most Outstanding Player honors for his efforts in leading Arizona to its first national title in 1997. Miles averaged 14.6 points, 3.8 rebounds and 4 assists per game in 114 games and in 1998 was named a first-team All-America selection by The Associated Press, the John R. Wooden Award panel, The Sporting News and the National Association of Basketball Coaches.

1997 NCAA champion women's swimming 200y freestyle relay team - The group of Shannon Hosack, Liesl Kolbisen, Denali Knapp and Ashley Tappin finished with a time of 1:29.56 at the 1997 NCAA Championships, beating the record time it set the year before by nearly a second. The women won the Pac-10 title a month earlier.

- Information taken from www.arizonaathletics.com.