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Arizona's Frank Busch Named 1 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year

WALNUT CREEK, Calif. -- University of Arizona head coach Frank Busch has been named the 1 Pac-10 Women's Swimming Coach of the Year and Wildcat freshman Beth Botsford has been named 1 Women's Swimming Newcomer of the Year, Commissioner Tom Hansen announced today.

Botsford, a 5-9 freshman from Timonium, Md., was a significant contributor to Arizona's first-ever Pac-10 championship, and school-best second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. Botsford took home the title in the 200 backstroke at the Pac-10s, in a time of 1:54.45. She also finished fourth in the 100 backstroke. At the NCAAs, Botsford won a National title by swimming the 200 backstroke in a time of 2:06.70, a new American Record. She also finished third in the 100 backstroke.

Busch has been named Women's Coach of the Year for the third time (1991, 1998) in his 11-year career, to go along with one men's coach of the year honor (1993). He led the Wildcats to a school-record second-place finish at the NCAA Championships. He also directed UA to its first-ever Pac-10 Championship, which also marks the first time in the 14-year history of the event that Stanford did not win the title. Busch had three swimmers win individual titles at the Pac-10s, and at the NCAAs he had an 800 freestyle relay squad win the title in a U.S Open Record time of 7:55.51, as well as the aforementioned Botsford win an individual title. The awards are determined by a vote of the coaches.

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