TUCSON, Arizona, January 6. THE Arizona swimming and diving teams defeated each team they went up against today, as the No. 5 women defeated Iowa, Nothern Arizona, New Mexico State and Oregon State and the No. 1 men defeated Iowa.
Arizona's relay teams kicked off the meet with dominance once again, as both teams stayed undefeated in the 400 medley relay.
On the men's side, a Wildcat winner emerged in 10 of 12 events on the day. Sophomore Matt Barber (Kingwood, Texas) came away with wins in the 200 free and 200 fly, senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) earned wins in the 50 and 100 free and junior Sam Rowan (Eugene, Ore.) won the 200 I.M. and 200 back.
Other winners included junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) in the 200 breast, freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) in the 100 breast and sophomores Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) and Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) in the 100 back and 100 fly, respectively.
"I thought we battled through some adversity in terms of health on the men's side and we had some people step up," Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. "I thought our depth really showed today. Sam Rowan, Kelley Wyman, Giles Smith, Mitchell Friedemann–the men pulled together and proved they are a formidable team."
The Arizona women's team also showed its talents after posting nine wins in 12 events. Senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) recorded wins in the 200 free and 200 fly and sophomore Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) won the 100 and 200 back.
In addition, junior Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) won the 100 breast, junior Lauren Smart (Charlotte, N.C.) won the 100 fly, junior Chelsey Salli (Vancouver, B.C.) won the 200 breast, sophomore Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) won the 50 free and sophomore Kait Flederbach (Carmel, Ind.) won the 100 free.
"On the women's side, they were really strong across the board," Hansen said. "They competed really hard and I'm really proud of them. As a team, we are very tired because it's winter training right now, but we got it done and we know the things we need to work on."
In diving competition, Ben Grado (Conifer, Colo.) swept the men's portion on the 3m and 1m and Ashley Herrera (LaPalma, Calif.) earned second place in both events.
The Wildcats will compete in their first dual road meets of the season when they travel to No. 6/2 California and No. 3/6 Stanford on Friday, Jan. 20 and Saturday, Jan. 21. Friday's meet versus the Bears will take place at 1 p.m. PT and Saturday's meet versus the Cardinal will take place at 11 a.m. PT.
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