Editor’s note: With several sports going on, Wildcat Wrap serves as a recap that focuses on the Arizona programs that we do not have the time to cover on a regular basis but are certainly worthy of recognition.
Former Arizona All-American diver Delaney Schnell has been named a Top 30 honoree for the NCAA Woman of the Year award.
Schnell, who graduated this past spring, was a 12-time All-American and 2023 national champion for the Wildcats. Schnell earned a silver medal in 10-meter synchronized platform diving at the Tokyo Olympics, the first time the United States earned a medal in the event.
Outside the pool, Schnell collaborated in research on predictors and consequences of parent-offspring relationship quality following a late-life divorce. She also volunteered with children with chronic illnesses through Arizona’s Team IMPACT.
Arizona has previously produced four NCAA Woman of the Year award winners: Justine Schluntz (2010), Lacey Nymeyer (2009), Whitney Myers (2007) and Tanya Jones (1994). Arizona is the only school in the Pac-12 with an NCAA Woman of the Year award recipient.
The NCAA Woman of the Year will be named at the NCAA Convention in January.
The Wildcats competed at the Stanford Collegiate this past weekend, finishing tied for 12th in a loaded field that boasted 12 of the nation’s top 25 teams.
Arizona shot a 22-over par across the three-day event, led by Gile Bite Starkute, who finished 11th overall at 1-under. Starkute shot a 4-under on the final round, the second-best score of the day.
Arizona concludes the fall season next week when it competes at the Landfall Tradition, hosted by UNC Wilmington, beginning Friday, Oct. 27.
Swimming and diving
Arizona swimming and diving opened the season with losses to Wisconsin and Michigan in Madison, Wi.
The men fell to No. 22 Wisconsin 240-101 and No. 18 Michigan 239-108, while the women dropped their contests to No. 12 Wisconsin 228-119 and No. 14 Michigan 228-119.
Arizona secured four first-place finishes in the meet.
Ralph Daleiden won the men’s 200 free with a time of 1:35.92 and the men’s 100 free with a mark of 43.05.
The Arizona ‘A’ relay won the men’s 400 medley relay with a time of 3:12.99.
And Julia Heimstead won the women’s 200 fly with a time of 1:59.80.