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Wildcat Wrap: Recapping a busy week for Arizona Athletics

Spring sports are starting up, while basketball is in full swing

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Both basketball programs are trending the right direction, Gronk advances in the NFL playoffs, Foles Magic dies, one Arizona Softball player was selected to represent the USA, and lots, lots more in this week’s Wildcat Wrap.

Let’s dive into it.


Women’s Basketball




Women’s Golf

Track and Field

  • Jordan Geist led the way in the season opener at the Northern Arizona Friday night duels for the ‘Cats by winning the shot put with a mark of 20.27m. His throw is currently the best in the NCAA and third in the world.
  • Justice Summerset took first place in the high jump with a mark of 2.15m. Lilliam Lowe placed first in the women’s high jump with a 1.80m clearance.
  • The team is in Iowa on Friday and Saturday for the Larry Wieczorek Invitational.

Women’s Swimming and Diving

Women’s Tennis

  • The women’s team picked up a pair of singles wins at the Collegiate Tennis Classic in Palm Springs, courtesy of Camila Wesbrooks and Marie Van Aelst, who defeated players from the University of San Diego. They will be back in California next weekend to compete in the Cal State Fullerton Invitational.

Men’s Tennis

  • The Wildcats participated in the National Collegiate Tennis Classic in La Quinta, California and went 8-4 in singles matches and 6-2 in doubles matches, including two titles. Freshman Jonas Ziverts won the singles event in his first collegiate tournament, while the duo of senior Jonas Maier and freshman Conner Olsen went undefeated in doubles play.
  • The tournament included players from the University of San Francisco, Pepperdine, UCLA and NC State. The Wildcats will be back in action when UC Riverside and Grand Canyon come to Tucson on Jan. 20.


  • Neither midfielder Kennedy Kieneker nor goalkeeper Lainey Burdett were selected in the 2019 NWSL Draft. Burdett had a decent chance of becoming the first-ever Wildcat selected, so Ryan Kelapire caught up with her before the draft to get some insight on the process. She still has a chance to make the league as an undrafted free agent.

Men’s Basketball

  • UA picked up a road sweep of Stanford and Cal to improve to 13-4 overall and 4-0 in the Pac-12. Check out our basketball section for in-depth coverage from those victories.
  • The first-place Wildcats host Oregon on Thursday and then Oregon State on Saturday. The Beavers, surprisingly, are 3-0 in the Pac-12. The Ducks are 1-2.
  • KenPom now projects Arizona will share the Pac-12 title with Washington this year when all is said and done. UW and OSU are the only other unbeatens in the conference.
  • Former UA assistant Book Richardson is reportedly entering a plea deal.
  • The Pac-12 is bad right now, and Sean Miller had some thoughts on that.