TUCSON, Ariz. – Arizona’s senior class went out with a bang on Saturday in their final meet at Hillenbrand Aquatic Center. Both the men and women were victorious in the dual with rival Arizona State. The No. 9 men won 179-105 and the No. 5 women won 203-92.
Six Arizona seniors earned first-place finishes on the day. Lauren Smart had two individual victories, in both the 100 back (55.08) and 100 fly (55.09). She also helped lead the Wildcats to a first-place finish in the 200 medley relay (1:42.07) along with Kait Flederbach and fellow seniors Ellyn Baumgardner and Megan Lafferty. Baumgardner also touched the wall first in the 100 breast with a time of 1:02.42, while Lafferty helped secure another victory in the 200 free with a time of 1:32.62.
Other triumphant seniors were Chelsey Salli in the 200 IM (2:03.69) and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or in the 200 free (1:36.98) and 100 free (44.88). Bar-Or also led the men’s 200 free relay to victory in a time of 1:21.29, which included solid performances by Mitchell Friedemann, Woody Joye and Jeff Amlee.
The women got off to a strong start and never looked back, thanks to dominating swims by Margo Geer and freshman Bonnie Brandon. Geer swept all three freestyle sprints, winning the 50 free in 22.81, the 100 free in 49.43 and the 200 free in 1:50.10. Brandon was able to sweep the distance freestyle events, winning the 500 free (4:49.52) and 1,000 free (9:54.32). She also earned first in the 200 back, with her time of 2:00.74.
Emma Schoettmer and Ashley Evans gave the women’s team two more victories. Schoettmer out-touched teammate Salli to win the 200 breast in 2:15.30, while Evans beat Sun Devil Tristin Baxter in the 200 fly (2:00.09).
The highlight of the diving events was junior Samantha Pickens. She finished first in the 1m with a score of 349.50, and later edged out Arizona State’s Hailey Casper with a score of 309.75 to win the 3m dive.