ARIZONA VS NAU VS HAWAII
- Hosted by Northern Arizona University
- Saturday, October 8th
- 25 yards
- Dual meet format
FINAL SCORES – WOMEN:
Arizona- 232, Hawaii- 68
Arizona- 222, NAU- 77
Hawaii- 163, NAU- 136
FINAL SCORE – MEN:
Arizona- 192, Hawaii- 105
The Arizona Wildcats traveled to Flagstaff to open the 2016-17 season in a tri-meet for the women and a dual meet for the men. The Wildcat men and women picked up victores over Hawaii, with the women coming away with a victory over NAU as well. Hawaii brought home a win on the women’s side, as they took down host team NAU.
In her collegiate debut, Hannah Cox picked up her first 2 dual meet victories for the Wildcats. Cox’s first win came in the 200 free, where she posted a 1:50.77. She followed that up with a win in the 500 free, hitting the wall in 4:59.60 to outtouch freshman teammate Kirsten Jacobsen (4:59.74) at the finish.
Also winning multiple events for the Wildcats were sophomores Annie Ochitwa and Parks Jones. Ochitwa, an NCAA All-American, led a Wildcat sweep of the 50 free (23.24) and 100 fly (54.39). Jones pulled in a pair of wins for the Wildcat men in the 100 free (45.97) and 200 free (1:40.92).
Hawaii’s Metin Aydin pulled of a winning triple for the men, first winning a battle with Honorable Mention All-American Chatham Dobbs in the 100 back, where Aydin got to the wall in 48.74 to Dobbs’ 49.35. He then went on to win the 200 back (1:48.92) and 200 IM (1:51.81).
PRESS RELEASE – ARIZONA:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – Arizona men’s and women’s swimming and diving swept the first meet of the season in Flagstaff. The women were victorious against NAU, 222-77 and Hawai’i, 232-68. The men defeated Hawai’i, 192-105.
For the women, sophomore Annie Ochitwa stood out winning in each of her four events, two individual and two relay. She placed first in the 50 free with 23.24, two-tenths of a second ahead of teammate Morgan Ginnis. Ochitwa also won the 100 fly with 54.39.
The sophomore swam the third leg for the winning 200 medley relay team with Katrina Konopka, Mallory Korenwinder and Ginnis (1:41.46). Later, with Ginnis, Ashley Sutherland and Hannah Cox, Ochitwa also won the 400 free relay (3:24.24).
Freshman Cox had a strong performance in her first collegiate meet. She won two individual events and was runner-up in another. Cox outswam freshman Kirsten Jacobsen by one-tenth of a second to win the 500 free (4:59.60) and placed first in the 200 free (1:50.77). The freshman also took second in the 1,000 free with 10:20.53.
For the men, sophomore Parks Jones was victorious in each of his two events, both were close races. He also placed first in 400 free relay. Jones won the 200 free with 1:40.92, out-touching Hawai’i by five-hundredths of a second. The sophomore also took first in the 100 free (45.97), beating out teammate Nicholas Magana by eight-hundredths of a second.
Jones later swam the first leg of the 400 free relay to claim a victory with Chatham Dobbs, J.P. Beach and Magana (3:03.09).
Sophomore Dobbs also started off the season strong with one individual win and two in relays. Dobbs swam the first leg of the 200 medley relay to win with teammates Blair Bish, Renny Richmond and Beach (1:24.21).
The sophomore later edged out Hawai’i in the 100 fly to win by one-tenth of a second (49.60). He also was runner-up in the 100 back with 49.35.
Arizona had multiple swimmers land in the top-three in eleven individual events for the women, three of which it swept the podium (100 breast, 50 free, 100 fly). The Cats had at least two swimmers in the top-three in nine individual events for the men. In six of those, they went 1-2-3-4 (100 breast, 200 fly, 50 free, 100 free, 200 breast, 500 free).
PRESS RELEASE – HAWAII:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – First-year swim and dive coach Dan Schemmel got his first look at the Hawaii swim and dive teams on Saturday in a dual meet against Arizona and Northern Arizona. The UH men’s team fell to Arizona 192-105 and the Rainbow Wahine lost to Arizona 232-68 and beat Northern Arizona 163-136.
“We had fantastic meets today,” Schemmel said. “The women came out with a win against Northern Arizona and raced really, really well against the University of Arizona. I’m just really proud of the way we competed. We were up against elite competition and didn’t back down. We’re very excited for the next five to six months.”
Metin Aydin won all three of his individual events, including the 100 back, 200 back and 200 IM for the Rainbow Warriors. Franziska Weidner stood out on the women’s side, finishing with wins against Northern Arizona in the 200 free, 100 free and 200 IM. Bryndis Hansen also had a stellar performance in her Rainbow Wahine debut, finishing fourth in the 50 free behind three Arizona swimmers and fifth in the 100 fly.
Schemmel also highlighted Hawaii’s performance in the diving competition, with Johan Sandelltaking first in men’s 1M and 3M diving.
“We were great on the boards,” Schemmel said of the divers. “Johan crushed it, Grant Newcombe, who is a freshman, had a great debut, and Monica on the women’s side dove really well.”
The men’s and women’s dive teams are next up to compete for Hawaii, hosting Utah on Oct. 15 at the Duke Kahanamoku Aquatic Center. Both swim teams will be back in action at the A3 Swimming Invitational Nov. 17-19.
PRESS RELEASE – NAU:
FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. – The Northern Arizona swimming & diving team collected three overall event wins in their first dual meet of the 2016-17 season on Saturday, in a spirited effort versus Arizona and Hawaii in the Aquatic and Tennis Complex. The Lumberjacks dropped both ends of the double dual, 222-77 to Arizona and 163-136 to Hawaii, but received wins from junior Alina Staffeldt (200 butterfly), senior Urte Kazakeviciute (200 breaststroke) and Tanya Kurach (1-meter diving).
“It’s a great start to what I think will be another awesome season,” said head coach Andy Johns. “Obviously we have a lot to work on, but I liked what I saw from the girls. I appreciate Arizona and Hawaii for their respect, especially on the pool deck during the tribute relay. All in all, we’re a little better than we were at this time last year. We’re going to get back to work and hope to get better by the time we go to New Mexico in three weeks.”
Staffeldt posted NAU’s first individual win in the 200 fly as she led the race the entire way and blistered her way to a time of 2:03.11. She finished a full four seconds faster than her next closest competitor, pulling away on the final 50 yards. Kazakeviciute followed a similar recipe for success in winning the 200 breast with a time of 2:21.09. Fighting back from a deficit in the first 100 yards, Kazakeviciute used the home altitude to her advantage in overtaking the field in the final half of the race and besting three Wildcats for first.
Meanwhile, Kurach closed the meet with a victory on the 1-meter springboard. In her first meet as a Lumberjack following an All-American season at NCAA Division II Henderson State, Kurach crushed her competitors with a score of 281.45, nearly 30 points better than her runner-up.
Aside from the Lumberjacks’ three overall victories, NAU claimed four more head-to-head dual wins over Hawaii. Junior Kimmy Richter beat the closest Hawaii swimmer in the 1,000 freestyle – the first individual swimming event of the meet- by two and a half seconds with a time of 10:35.11 that placed her third overall. Richter also finished third overall, and first against Hawaii, with a time of 5:09.00 in the 500 freestyle.
Staffeldt and Kazakeviciute posted the remaining two dual wins over the Rainbow Wahine, in the 100 fly and 100 breast respectively. Both finished behind a trio of Wildcats for fourth overall in their respective races, with Staffeldt recording a 100 fly time of 56.47 and Kazakeviciute clocking 1:05.45 in the 100 breast.
On the boards, NAU’s divers made their season debuts with Kurach and Torrente notching the best performances. Along with Kurach’s 1-meter win, she also finished fifth overall on 3-meter with a score of 243.25. One spot ahead of her was Torrente, who finished a mere .90 points behind Hawaii’s top finisher for fourth with a score of 245.10.
On 1-meter, Kurach led a trio of ‘Jacks in the top five with Torrente (251.25) and senior Alexa Geiger (249.60) placing fourth and fifth respectively. The two-through-five spots on the leaderboard were all separated by just over two points, as Torrente and Geiger narrowly missed on a one-two-three Lumberjack sweep.
“This was a really early meet for us,” said diving coach Nikki Huffman. “Tanya getting the win (on 1-meter) was huge. Christina had a great 3-meter, she was only nine-tenths from the win – in the dual meet against Hawaii, so that was pretty exciting. They all did a great job. It’s early for us, but they all did what we needed to do today.”
Other notables in the season-opening double dual included a one-two-three sweep in the 200 fly and a one-two finish in the 200 breast in the Hawaii dual meet. Staffeldt, Richter and freshman Kate Bier all finished easily ahead of any of the Rainbow Wahine swimmers in the butterfly, while Kazakeviciute and junior Audrey Mann combined for the first two spots in the breaststroke. FreshmanFernanda Montiel also shined in her first dual meet, finishing as the Lumberjacks’ top backstroker in both events including a fourth-place overall finish in the 200 back.
Capping the meet was an emotional final race in the 400 freestyle relay. Racing alone in the second heat, NAU fielded a relay team of three leaving the last leg empty in memory of Hayley Edmond with all three teams lining up along the pool deck in remembrance.
Arizona came away with the sweep in the other team scores, including a 232-68 win over Hawaii in its women’s dual and posting a 192-105 victory in the men’s dual meet.
NAU’s next dual meet will be at New Mexico on Oct. 29, but prior to that will host its annual Blue vs. Gold intrasquad meet this upcoming Friday, Oct. 14 at the Aquatic and Tennis Complex at 2 p.m.