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Arizona Wildcats Olympic Sports Top Athletes of The Decade 2010-19


The following is the list of the top performers in the decade of 2010-19 in the Olympic sports at Arizona.

Beach Volleyball

The Witt Twins (Madison and McKenna) were All-Americans (Arizona Athletics photo)

Madi Kingdon (2015 AVCA All-American first team)
Kaitlyn Leary (2015 AVCA All-American first team)
Jianna Bonomi (2016 All-Pac-12 second team)
Katarina Schulz (2016 All-Pac-12 second team)
Madison Witt (2016 AVCA All-American first team and 2016 and 2017 All-Pac-12 first team selection)
McKenna Witt (2016 AVCA All-American first team and 2016 and 2017 All-Pac-12 first team selection)
Olivia Hallaran (2019 All-Pac-12 second team)
Mia Mason (2019 All-Pac-12 second team)

Women’s Cross Country

Elvin Kibet and Jennifer Bergman (video capture)

Elvin Kibet (No. 3 in 2012 Pac-12 meet and No. 2 in 2013 Pac-12 meet)
Jennifer Bergman (No. 7 in 2010 Pac-10 meet, No. 6 in 2011 Pac-12 meet and No. 7 in the 2012 Pac-12 meet)
Kayla Beattie (No. 5 in the 2013 Pac-12 meet)
Nicci Corbin (No. 6 in the 2013 Pac-12 meet)
Addi Zerrenner (No. 10 in the 2016 and 2018 Pac-12 meet)

Men’s Cross Country

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Lawi Lalang (No. 1 in the 2011 NCAA cross country meet, No. 1 in the 2011 and 2012 Pac-12 meets)
Steve Sambu (No. 5 in the 2010 Pac-10 meet and No. 2 in the 2012 Pac-12 meet)

Men’s Golf

George Cunningham (Arizona Athletics photo)

Tarquin MacManus (2011 All-Pac-12 second team)
Erik Oja (2014 All-American honorable mention/All-Pac-12 first team)
Alex MacMahon (2015 Pac-12 Scholar-Athlete of the Year)
George Cunningham (2018 All-American second team/2015 and 2018 PING West All-Region Team/2018 All-Pac-12 first team)

Women’s Golf

Haley Moore (Arizona Athletics photo)

Margarita Ramos (2010 All-American second team/2010 All-Pac-12 first team and 2011 All-Pac-12 second team)
Isabelle Boineau (2011 All-American second team/2010 All-Pac-12 second team and 2011 All-Pac-12 first team)
Manon Gidali (2012 All-American second team/2012 and 2015 All-Pac-12 first team and 2013 All-Pac-12 seconcd team)
Lindsey Weaver (2014 and 2015 All-American second team/2014 and 2015 All-Pac-12 first team)
Haley Moore (2017 All-American second team/2017 and 2018 All-Pac-12 first team)
Krystal Quihuis (2017 All-Pac-12 first team)
Wanasa Zho (2017 Pac-12 Scholar Athlete of the Year)
Yu-Sang Hou (2019 All-American second team/2019 All-Pac-12 first team)
Bianca Pagdanganan (2019 All-American second team/2019 All-Pac-12 first team)

Gymnastics

Aubree Cristello (Arizona Athletcs photo)

Aubree Cristello (2010, 2011, 2012 and 2013 All-Around All-Pac-12 first team)
Deanna Graham (2010 and 2011 All-Around All-Pac-12 first team)
Katie Matusik (2011 and 2012 Beam All-Pac-12 first team)
Allison Flores (2014 Pac-12 Vault Co-Champion, 9.950/2014 and 2015 All-Around All-Pac-12 first team)
Shelby Edwards (2014 Pac-12 Vault Co-Champion, 9.950)
Jessie Sisler (2015 Pac-12 Floor Exercise Co-Champion, 9.950)

Women’s Swimming/Diving

Margo Geer (Arizona Athletics photo)

200-yard freestyle relay 2013 Pac-12 champions (Margo Geer, Kait Flederbach, Megan Lafferty, Alana Pazevic)
200-yard freestyle relay 2014 Pac-12 champions (Bonnie Brandon, Geer, Pazevic, Gracie Finnegan)
200-yard medley relay 2010 NCAA and Pac-10 champions (Ana Agy, Annie Chandler, Erin Campbell, Justine Schluntz)
200-yard medley relay 2013 Pac-12 champions (Lauren Smart, Ellyn Baumgardner, Lafferty, Geer)
400-yard medley relay 2010 NCAA champions (Agy, Chandler, Whitney Lopus, Schluntz)
400-yard medley relay 2013 Pac-12 champions (Smart, Baumgardner, Lafferty, Geer)

Anne Chandler (2010 NCAA champion in 100-yard breastroke)
Margo Geer (2012 Pac-12 Woman of the Year/2013 NCAA champion in 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle and 2014 NCAA champion in 100-yard freesytle/2013 Pac-12 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle champion)
Samantha Pickens (2013 and 2015 one-meter NCAA champion/2013 and 2015 Pac-12 Diver of the Year and 2015 Pac-12 one-meter diving champion)
Michal Bowe (2014 Diving Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year)
Delaney Schnell (2018 Diving Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year)

Men’s Swimming/Diving

Kevin Cordes (Arizona Athletics photo)

200-yard freestyle relay 2016 Pac-12 champions (Renny Richmond, Chatham Dobbs, Chad Idensohn, J.P. Beach)
200-yard medley relay 2014 Pac-12 champions (Mitchell Friedemann, Kevin Cordes, Giles Smith, Brad Tandy)
200-yard medley relay 2016 Pac-12 champions (Dobbs, Andrew Sovero, Idensohn, Richmond)
400-yard medley relay 2014 Pac-12 champions (Friedemann, Cordes, Smith, Tandy)

Clark Burckle (2010 NCAA 200-yard breaststroke champion)
Cory Chitwood (2010, 2011 and 2012 NCAA 200-yard breastroke champion/2011 Pac-12 200-yard backstroke champion)
Carl Mickelson (2010 and 2012 Pac-12 200-yard backstroke champion)
Austen Thompson (2012 NCAA 400-yard individual medley champion)
Ben Grado (2012 NCAA platform diving champion/2012 Pac-12 Diver of the Year/2012 Pac-12 one-meter, three-meter and platform diving champion)
Rafael Quintero (2016 Pac-12 Diver of the Year/2013 Pac-12 Diver Newcomer of the Year/2013 Pac-12 platform diving champion)
Kevin Cordes (2012, 2013, 2014 and 2015 NCAA 100-yard breastroke champion/2013 and 2014 NCAA 200-yard breastroke champion/2013 and 2014 Pac-12 Athlete of the Year/2013, 2014 and 2015 Pac-12 100-yard backstroke champion and 2013 and 2014 200-yard backstroke champion)
Giles Smith (2014 Pac-12 100-yard butterfly champion)
Brad Tandy (2014 NCAA 50-yard freestyle champion/2014 and 2015 Pac-12 50-yard freestyle champion)

Women’s Tennis

Lauren Marker (Arizona Athletics photo)

Lacey Smyth (2014 All-Pac-12 second team)
Lauren Marker (2016 and 2017 All-Pac-12 first team)

Men’s Tennis

Jonas Ziverts (Arizona Athletics photo)

Jonas Ziverts (2019 All-Pac-12 second team)

Women’s Track & Field

Brigetta Barrett (Arizona Athletics)

Elizabeth Patterson
No. 5 Pac-12 distance historically in high jump — 6-4 3/4 in 2010

Julie Labonte
2010 Pac-10 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year
2011 NCAA champion in shot put
2010, 2011, 2013 and 2014 Pac-12 champion in shot put.
No. 6 Pac-12 distance historically in shot put — 60-1 in 2011

Margaret Callahan
2011 Pac-12 champion in 3,000-meter steeplechase

Brigetta Barrett
2011 and 2013 Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year
2011, 2012 and 2013 NCAA champion in high jump
2011, 2012 and 2013 Pac-12 champion in high jump
Pac-12 record in high jump — 6-7 in 2012

Alyssa Hasslen
No. 5 Pac-12 distance historically in shot put — 60-2 1/2 in 2012

Jennifer Bergman
2013 Pac-12 champion in 10,000 meters

Georganne Moline
No. 4 Pac-12 time historically in 400-meter hurdles — 53.72 in 2013
2012 Pac-12 champion in 400-meter hurdles

Elvin Kibet
No. 9 Pac-12 time historically in 10,000 meters — 32:40.22 in 2014

Lisanne Hagens
2016 and 2017 Pac-12 champion in high jump

Nnenya Hailey
No. 9 Pac-12 time historically in 400-meter hurdles — 54.98 in 2016

Sage Watson
2017 NCAA champion in 400-meter hurdles
2017 Pac-12 champion in 400-meter hurdles
No. 6 Pac-12 time historically in 400-meter hurdles — 54.52 in 2017

Karla Teran
2019 Pac-12 champion in high jump

Men’s Track & Field

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Lawi Lalang
2014 NCAA Track Athlete of the Year
2013 and 2014 NCAA champion in 5,000 meters
NCAA record in 5,000 meters — 13:18.36 in 2014
2012, 2013 and 2014 Pac-12 champion in 1,500 meters
2011 and 2014 Pac-12 champion in 5,000 meters
2013 Pac-12 champion in 10,000 meters
Pac-12 record in 5,000 meters — 13:00.95 in 2013
No. 2 Pac-12 time historically in 1,500 meters — 3:33.20 in 2013
No. 9 Pac-12 time historically in 3,000 meters in 2013 — 7:42.79
No. 2 Pac-12 time historically in mile — 3:52.88 in 2014

Steve Sambu
2011 Pac-12 Freshman/Newcomer of the Year
2011 and 2012 Pac-12 champion in 10,000 meters
No. 5 Pac-12 time historically in 5,000 meters — 13:13.74 in 2012
No. 2 Pac-12 time historically in 10,000 meters — 27:28.64 in 2011

Nick Ross
2010 Pac-12 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year
2012 and 2014 Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year
No. 4 Pac-12 distance historically in high jump — 7-7 in 2014.
2011, 2012 and 2014 Pac-12 high jump champion

Edgar Rivera-Morales
No. 9 Pac-12 distance historically in high jump — 7-5 3/4 in 2013

Pau Tonnesen
2015 and 2016 Pac-12 Field Athlete of the Year
No. 3 Pac-12 decathlon points historically with 8247 in 2015
2015 and 2016 Pac-12 decathlon champion

Gerhard De Beer
2015 Pac-12 champion in discus

Collins Kibet
2016 Pac-12 champion in 800 meters

Bailey Roth
2017 Pac-12 champion in 3,500-meter steeplechase

Jordan Geist
2018 Pac-12 Newcomer/Freshman of the Year
No. 4 Pac-12 distance historically in shot put — 70-10 in 2019
2018 and 2019 Pac-12 champion in shot put and 2018 Pac-12 champion in discus
2019 Pac-12 Men’s Field Athlete of the Year


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