TUCSON, Arizona, November 12. SEVERAL Arizona swimmers recorded first-place finishes to lead the No. 8 Wildcats past No. 25 UCLA, 172-128 at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center on Saturday.
The women continued their undefeated streak in relay races, kicking off with the 400 medley relay and concluding with the 200 free relay. In the 400 medley, sophomores Sarah Denninghoff (Tucson, Ariz.) and Margo Geer (Milford Center, Ohio) joined senior Alyssa Anderson (Granite Bay, Calif.) and junior Ellyn Baumgardner (Fairfax, Va.) for the win. In the 200 free, Geer, sophomores Kait Flederbach (Carmel, Ind.) and Grace Finnegan (Columbus, Ohio) and junior Monica Drake (Bloomington, Ill.) teamed up for the victory.
Four relay competitors also posted first-place finishes in individual events, as Baumgardner finished in first in the 100 breast, Geer won the 100 free, Drake won the 500 free and Anderson won the 400 IM.
In addition, sophomore Ashley Evans (Phoenix, Ariz.) won the 1000 free, sophomore Aubrey Peacock (Jacksonville, Fla.) won the 100 back and junior Chelsea Salli (Vancouver, B.C.) finished first in the 200 breast.
“I am excited where we are going into our qualifying meet at the Texas Invite,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “We have some adjustments to make, but all in all I am very happy with where we are.”
In the diving competition, sophomore Samantha Pickens (Murrysville, Pa.) won the 1m with a score of 307.73 and finished in third on the 3m behind senior Ainsley Oliver (Saskatoon,Saskatchewan) and UCLA’s Paulina Guzman.
The Arizona divers will host the Wildcat Diving Invite on Friday, Nov. 18 through Sunday, Nov. 20.
The swimmers will take a two-week hiatus before heading to Austin, Texas for the Texas Invite on Friday, Dec. 1 through Sunday, Dec. 3.
For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Swimming and Diving, visit ArizonaWildcats.com.
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