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The Arizona men's (1-1) and women's (1-2) swimming and diving teams will host defending men's and women's national champion Stanford today and Cal Saturday at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on campus.
The meet marks the return of All-American and two-time American record holder Chad Carvin, who will be seeing his first action of the season following an appendectomy last semester.
In the preseason College Swimming Coaches Association of America poll, which rates both the men's and the women's Division I swim programs, the UA men's team is No. 7 and the women's team is No. 9. Both Arizona teams were ranked No. 7 in Swimming World Magazine's preseason poll.
Action begins at 2 p.m. today and 1 p.m. tomorrow.
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An article appeared in yesterday's edition of the Wildcat which stated that the Arizona women's tennis team began play yesterday in the Pacific 10 Conference Indoor Championships in Seattle.
Play did not begin yesterday, it begins today.
The Wildcat regrets the error.
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Fresh off a sweep of third-ranked Iowa State, the Arizona club hockey team is prepared for a weekend series against a Kent squad that has many faces.
One of those faces is of a team that has 10 wins and one tie and has been giving opponents fits with its skating ability.
The other is of a Golden Flashes squad that has been outplayed in its seven losses this season.
This team has the potential to give even the best teams in the American Collegiate Hockey Association problems. Kent (10-7-1) appeared as a Division I squad a year ago but was unable to keep that status because of budget problems. The Golden Flashes are now a club team like the Icecats.
Arizona coach Leo Golembiewski agrees that his Icecats (16-1) must avoid being overconfident.
"They are a team that has a Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde attitude," Golembiewski said. "They can skate, but some nights they come out and don't skate well at all."
Golembiewski said he is not worried about which Kent team shows up as much as he is worried about the production of the line, which is headed by Steve Hutchings.
"The Hutchings line has just been misfiring for awhile now and getting them back on track is one of our major concerns," he said.
Though the team's highest-scoring line has been off for the last couple of weeks, the Icecats have been able to continue to win, primarily with the help of Ryan Rockabrand, Kevin Oztekin, Sam Battaglia and defensemen Joel Nusbaum and Ricky Pope. Pope is still at less-than-normal physically after spraining his knee against South Dakota Dec. 3.
The Icecats are coming off a convincing series against the Cyclones in which they dominated a slower Iowa State team by getting forwards and centers behind the defense for breakaway after breakaway.
"We broke down their defensive zone all weekend against them and then they got frustrated and got away from their game plan," Golembiewski said. "We are a team that doesn't have much size and so speed and quickness is the way we compensate."
This weekend's series will be the last at home for the Icecats until they return against Navy Feb. 17 and 18.
The teams square off at 7:30 tonight and tomorrow night at the Tucson Convention Center.
Ä Larry Mullenix
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