Swimming, diving at home; golf heads to S.C.

Arizona Daily Wildcat

The Arizona men's and women's swimming and diving teams will host Southern Cal and UCLA in the Pacific 10 Conference opener this weekend.

The teams face the Trojans today at 2 and the Bruins tomorrow at noon. Both meets are at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center.

In the teams' season opener last Friday, the men and women both won, defeating New Mexico. Saturday, the women's team beat Northern Arizona while the men played a double-dual meet, beating NAU but losing to Texas.

Chad Carvin led the men swimmers, winning the 500 free, 1,000 free and 200 fly in each meet. Laurie Kline led the women swimmers by taking the 500 and 1,000 free against New Mexico and the 200 IM, 200 free and 100 back against NAU.

Brian Spears led the men divers, winning the 1-meter and 3-meter events. Melanie Mabry won her first competition as a Wildcat, taking the 1-meter ane 3-meter events.

This weekend the men's and women's golf teams will be heading to Hilton Head, S.C., to compete in the Golf World Palmetto Dunes Collegiate tournament.

The men's team is coming off top 5 finishes in three of its last four tournaments, and top 10 results in all four. Individually, the team is led by freshman Andy Barnes, who is averaging 71.50 strokes per round, sophomore Rory Sabbatini (73.13) and senior Ted Purdy (74.46).

The women's team had the last two weeks off. Leading the women is freshman Maria Baena, who is ranked fourth in the Rolex Collegiate Individual Rankings and heads into into the tournament with a 72.67 per round average. Baena has finished in the top 10 in the last three tournaments, including a tie for first at the Dick McGuire Invitational.

Arizona has lost to ASU in three tournaments this season.

For the fourth time this season, the UA women will face a tough field, which consists of Pacific 10 Conference rivals Arizona State, Stanford and UCLA. Also included are Texas and No.1 San Jose State, which placed first at the Stanford Intercollegiate Tournament two weeks ago. The tournament will be played at the par-72 Arthur Hills Course at Palmetto Dunes.

Ian Parkman and Jacinda Sweet

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