Although men’s basketball still rules in early April, Arizona Wildcats in other sports are also doing quite well.
Swimming and Diving
The NCAA championships were just held in swimming and diving, and a number of Arizona Wildcats walked away as champions. The Cats won six NCAA national titles, three on the women’s side and three on the men’s. The Arizona trophy case now includes trophies for the Margo Geer in the women’s 50 free and 100y free, Samantha Pickens in the women’s 1m diving (Arizona’s first title in women’s diving), the men’s 400y medley relay team, and Kevin Cordes in the men’s 100y breast and 200y breast. Cordes was also named Swimmer of the Meet at the conclusion of the NCAA championships. In the team standings, the women finished fifth while the men finished third.
Although the Arizona Wildcats haven’t been able to get into the list of top teams in 2013, and although it has limped to a 24-11 (4-5) start, the Wildcats are coming off their best win of the year on Thursday, a 7-3 win over #4 Cal. Although Arizona has opened up 15-4 at Hillenbrand Stadium to start the year, fans have been fairly quiet to this point. Perhaps it is the lack of a threat to win a championship this year, or perhaps it is merely the losses piling up (Arizona has had fewer than 11 losses 11 times in the Mike Candrea era), but the softball team may need all the help from its fans that it can get this year.
The Arizona Gymcats are heading to Columbus to participate in the NCAA tournament regional. The #18 Gymcats will have a tough task ahead of them, facing #6 UCLA and #7 LSU. If Arizona can finish in the top 2, however, it will move on to the NCAA championships in two weeks. A number of Wildcats are also in the hunt to move to the NCAA championships in individual events, and Aubree Cristello, one of the most accomplished Gymcats of all time, will look to advance in the all around.
Arizona Wildcats sophomore Manon Gidali was named Pac-12 Golfer of the Month in March. Gidali is ranked #27 in the country, and Arizona is ranked #8. The Wildcats just finished in second place at the San Diego State Farms Invitiational behind only #1 USC.
Track and Field
The men are ranked #21 in the country, while the women are impressively sitting at #5. The Wildcats are finishing up their last home meet before the Pac-12 championships in May, although Arizona will host a meet between the Pac-12 championships and the NCAA championships.