Arizona women's swimming and diving finish fifth
The Arizona women’s swimming and diving team finished fifth at the Pac-12 Conference Championships at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.
By the end of day four, California won the team championship with 1552.5 points. The Wildcats amassed 933.5 points.
The meet was highlighted by a win in the 200-yard freestyle relay as the team of Bonnie Brandon, Margo Geer, Alana Pazevic and Grace Finnegan finished in 1:27.76. Arizona teams also earned a pair of fourth-place finishes in the 200y medley and 800y freestyle relays.
Individually, the Wildcats had a number of strong performances.
Brandon placed second in the 500y freestyle event, bested only by four-time Olympic gold medalist Missy Franklin. After placing first in the 200y freestyle, Brandon rounded out her weekend with a second-place finish in the 200y backstroke.
As the defending NCAA champion, Geer was dethroned in the 100y freestyle by Cal’s Franklin, who secured a Pac-12 meet record with a time of 47.17. Geer took third in the 100y freestyle and second in the 50y event.
Senior Ashley Evans raced her way to a couple top-five finishes, placing fourth in the 200y butterfly and fifth in the 100y fly.
Other notable performances include a second-place finish in the 1650y freestyle by freshman Tjasa Oder, who had never swam the event in competition, and a third-place finish in the 100y breaststroke by senior Eve Sarris.
As for the diving team, sophomore Rafael Quintero ended the weekend with a second-place finish in the platform competition with 424.95 points on the men’s side.
Quintero also took second in the 1-meter event. Finishing just behind Stanford’s Stephanie Phipps, freshman Michal Bower earned second place in the women’s 1-meter competition.
The men’s swimming team will now head to Washington for its Pac-12 meet, which starts Wednesday. Junior Kevin Cordes, who looks to defend his conference title in the 100y and 200y breaststroke, will lead the way.
The Wildcat women will return to action on March 20 for the NCAA Women’s Swimming and Diving Championships, held in Minneapolis, Minn.
Geer named scholar athlete of the year
Geer may have lost the 100y free, but she did win Pac-12 Women’s Swimming and Diving Scholar-Athlete of the Year.
According to the UA, Geer has a 3.55 grade-point average as a business management major.
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