Sports shorts: Wildcats Geer, Pickens capture titles at NCAA meet

2013-03-22T00:00:00Z Sports shorts: Wildcats Geer, Pickens capture titles at NCAA meetStaff And Wire Reports Staff And Wire Reports Arizona Daily Star

The Arizona Wildcats women's swimming and diving team came away with two individual titles on the first day of the NCAA championships in Indianapolis on Thursday.

UA junior Margo Geer won the 50-yard freestyle in 21.73 seconds. Georgia's Megan Romano was second in 21.88.

Arizona's Samantha Pickens won the 1-meter diving with 348.45 points. The junior was 10 points ahead of runner-up Margaret Keefer of Minnesota.

After the first six events, the Arizona women were third with 127 points. Georgia led with 163, followed by Tennessee with 150 1/2.

Former Sahuaro High School star Caitlin Leverenz, now at Cal, won the 200 individual medley in 1:53.39.

Pima College

Aztecs sweep in softball

The Pima College softball team scored 16 runs in a doubleheader sweep of visiting Lamar College (Colo.) on Thursday.

The Aztecs (22-14) won the opener 9-1 in five innings as Alejandra Ortiz went 2 for 3 with four RBIs.

Gemma Contreras went 4 for 4 with three runs scored as Pima won the second game 7-1. She also had two stolen bases in the game.

• The Aztecs baseball team (16-14-1) rallied from 2-0 deficit to defeat GW White Rock Tritons, a Vancouver club team, 9-2 on Thursday at the West Campus. Will Holbrook raised his record to 2-2 after allowing eight hits in seven innings. He had 12 strikeouts with no walks.

• The Pima women's tennis team (10-4, 3-2) lost 5-4 to No. 6 Eastern Arizona on Thursday at Tucson Racquet & Fitness Club.

Miscellaneous

Serena wins in Key Biscayne

KEY BISCAYNE, Fla. - Playing again at No. 1, Serena Williams routed Flavia Pennetta of Italy 6-1, 6-1 on Thursday in the second round of the Sony Open. Williams is playing her first tournament since she regained the No. 1 ranking at the Qatar Open. Williams trailed 40-0 in the first and fifth games in the first set, but went on to hold serve both times.

• Former tennis star Jennifer Capriati has been charged after police said she punched her ex-boyfriend on Valentine's Day while he was working out at a gym.

• Two of the nation's top sprinters were suspended by Florida State officials Thursday, hours after the athletes were arrested following an early morning poolside shooting incident. A police report stated that Ronell J. Mance, who won a silver medal in the 2012 Olympics in the 1,600 relay, and Stephen Newbold, the MVP at the recent ACC indoor championships, were arrested after Tallahassee, Fla., police were alerted that shots were being fired at an apartment complex. There were no injuries reported.

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