Arizona dominates defending champs
Top-ranked Wildcats win 12 of 16 events to down No. 6 California
TUCSON, Ariz. -- Arizona beat defending national champion California on Friday. The top-ranked Wildcats defeated the No. 6 Bears, 191-107.
The Wildcats had a successful day after winning 12 out of 16 events. They kicked off the meet with a win in the 200 medley relay, an event they have not been beaten in this season.
Arizona newcomer Woody Joye won the 200 free in his first swim for the Wildcats and sophomore Mitchell Friedemann won the 100 back to start things off in the individual races.
In the 100 breast, Arizona took the first three spots as freshman Kevin Cordes, junior Carl Mickelson and senior Kevin Munsch came in first, second and third, respectively.
The trio repeated itself in the 200 breast, this time with Mickelson in first, Munsch in second and Cordes in third.
The 400 IM proved to be much of the same, as senior Cory Chitwood took the first spot, followed by junior Sam Rowan and senior Austen Thompson.
Senior Adam Small followed suit with his win in the 50 free, sophomore Giles Smith won the 100 fly and Chitwood earned another win in the 200 back.
Arizona closed out the meet with a win in the 400 free relay.
In addition, senior diver Ben Grado swept the diving portion of the meet, earning wins on the 1m and 3m.
“Our depth was obvious today,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “I really liked the way they came out and attacked.”