Long Beach, CA – After winning every Pac-10 women’s swimming title since the inception of the Championships in 1987, Stanford University’s streak came to end today as the Arizona Wildcats captured their first-ever title at the 2000 Pac-10 Women’s Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool. On the strength of three individual crowns Arizona tallied 1,325 points for the win, while after winning 13-consecutive conference championships, Stanford finished second with 1,197 points. California finished third (1,182 points), followed by UCLA (1,043 points) and USC was fifth (975.5 points).
“To say that I’m proud of these women is an understatement,” Arizona head coach Frank Busch said. “This was great day and hopefully we can keep the momentum going all the way to Indianapolis for the NCAAs.”
The first individual title came from freshman Beth Botsford, the American record-holder in the 200-meter backstroke, who proved that she is among the nation’s elite by winning the 200-yard backsroke in a time of 1:54.45. Senior and 15-time All-America Denali Knapp finished fifth in the same race (1:58.46), while senior Rachel Joseph claimed sixth (1:58.64).
In the 200-yard breaststroke freshman Amanda Beard claimed her first Pac-10 title by coming from behind in the final 50 yards to overtake California’s Staciana Stitts for the win. Beard’s time of 2:10.41 missed the Pac-10 record by less than nine-tenths of a second. Also scoring points in the 200-yard breaststroke was freshman Julie Manitt (seventh-place, 2:16.02).
The 2000 Pac-10 Men’s Championships begin Thursday, March 2, at the King County Aquatic Center in Federal Way, Wash.