By Ian Parkman
Arizona Daily Wildcat
The Arizona men's and women's swim teams opened their season this weekend with successful meets.
The Wildcat women's swim team dominated its dual meets with New Mexico and Northern Arizona this weekend. The women won every race on the way to demolishing the Lobos 121-80 Friday and the Lumberjacks 143-96 Saturday.
Led by Chad Carvin, who won three races, the men beat UNM 114-88 Friday. Saturday, the men split their meet, beating NAU 196-40 while losing to Texas 127-149. Carvin again won three races.
"We swam well on both sides. These meets gave us a chance to come out and swim and we did a good job," said head coach Frank Busch.
Against NAU, Carvin won the 1,000-meter freestyle, 200-meter butterfly and the 500-meter freestyle. UA diver Brian Spears swept the one-meter and three-meter events with NCAA- championship qualifying scores of 329.00 and 310.60, respectively.
The women did not lose a single heat in their win against NAU. They were paced by Laurie Kline and freshman Dianna Groff, who had two wins each. Kline won the 200 freestyle and 200 Individual Medley. Groff won the 1000 freestyle and 200 backstroke. Diver Melenie Mabry met NCAA-championship qualifying standards by winning the one-meter event with 268.20 points and the three-meter with 290.35.
Against the Lobos, Carvin won the 1,000 freestyle, 200 butterfly and the 500 freestyle. Other winners on the men's side were Adam Grodzki in the 200 freestyle, Abe Wick in the 50 freestyle and Jason Hodder, who finished first in the 200 breaststroke. The 400 medley relay team of Trever Grey, Hodder, Martin Pepper and Wick also won.
"Gumpert and Carvin had good swims, and we got some nice swims out of the newcomers," Busch said.
On the women's side Becky Gumpert, Liesl Kolbisen and Kline led the team with two wins each against UNM. Gumpert won the 200 IM and 200 breaststroke. Kolbisen won the 200 freestyle and 100 freestyle and Kline won 1,000 freestyle and 500 freestyle. The Wildcats finished in both first and second place in every heat but one.
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