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CELEBRATING THE ANNIVERSARY OF TITLE IX

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Arizona Athletics’ ongoing celebration of the 50th anniversary of the passage of Title IX continues as we lead up to our special event on Thursday, June 23, 2022 that we discussed in last week’s Wildcat Wednesday email. As we continue to recognize this important milestone with new content from Arizona Athletics, we are also paying tribute at home games throughout the spring.

 

Wildcat Trail Blazer, and longtime administrator, Rocky LaRose threw out the ceremonial first pitch at Arizona Softball’s game versus the Sun Devils over the weekend. Rocky is a softball letterwinner who went on to proudly serve as an executive administrator for the athletics department for nearly four decades.

 

We will continue to update Wildcat Wednesday readers with new content and information about our Title IX anniversary celebration. Bear Down and Go Cats!

 

ENJOY THE SPRING WITH ARIZONA FOOTBALL

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Coach Fisch and the Wildcats are entering the home stretch of spring ball, and we want to see you at a practice. Our remaining schedule for this week is 3:25 p.m. (MST) on Friday, April 1 at the Dick Tomey Practice Fields and 7 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, April 2 at Arizona Stadium. Admission is free for all practices, so come out and catch the Wildcats in action.

 

As a reminder, the Arizona Football Spring Game is scheduled for 12 p.m. (MST) on Saturday, April 9. Tickets are available and free for fans to attend what will be another memorable day on the football field. Click here to get your tickets and make plans to come down to Arizona Stadium.

 

SEASON TICKET REMINDER FOR 2022-23

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You can renew your season tickets for football, men’s basketball, women’s basketball, soccer and volleyball seasons now. Don’t have season tickets for next season? You can purchase new season tickets as well. There are great perks for season ticket holders at Arizona, so renew or purchase before the May 2nd deadline.

 

Our gameday atmosphere at all our venues is powered by our loyal supporters in the stands. There is a dynamic energy around a home game, and that environment is created by all of you. It’s part of our first-class student-athlete experience at Arizona, and it’s part of what makes our athletics department one of the best in the nation. Thank you for your unwavering support and for making Arizona Athletics the special place that it is.

 

SOFTBALL HOSTS THE HUSKIES

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Arizona Softball welcomes the Washington Huskies to Mike Candrea Field at Rita Hillenbrand Stadium for a weekend series, beginning at 5 p.m. (MST) on Friday, April 1 on the Pac-12 Networks. The Wildcats are led by Carlie Scupin who ranks second in the league in home runs and RBI. Allie Skaggs, Sharlize Palacios and Jasmine Perezchica join Carlie in the top 10 of the conference in a variety of offensive statistics.

 

Come out to the ballpark this weekend and purchase your tickets now while they last. Following Friday’s opener at 5 p.m. (MST), the two teams will play at 1:30 p.m. (MST) on Saturday and 12 p.m. (MST) on Sunday.

 

CONGRATULATIONS ARIZONA MEN’S BASKETBALL

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I want to congratulate Coach Lloyd and Arizona Men’s Basketball on a fantastic season. As the season came to an end in San Antonio, I had a great sense of pride in everything the program accomplished this year on the way to the Sweet 16. The program won the Pac-12 regular season and tournament titles to become the seventh team in program history to sweep the conference championships in the same season. Our student-athletes and coaches earned numerous Pac-12 and national accolades as McKale Center was the home of the highest attendance in the Pac-12 for a 37th consecutive season.

 

This was a season full of excitement for Coach Lloyd in his first season at the helm of the program as championship excellence was re-established. The 2021-22 season laid down the groundwork for a very bright future for years to come. Thank you for your support all season long as many of you cheered us on along the way in McKale Center, arenas across the country and from your homes. Bear Down and Go Cats!

 

THIS WEEK AT THE LANELLE ROBSON TENNIS CENTER

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Our women’s and men’s tennis programs have a combined record of 29-11 this season, which includes an impressive mark of 17-2 at home. Both teams will host matches this week at the LaNelle Robson Tennis Center, beginning with a doubleheader versus Stanford on Friday, April 1. Arizona Women’s Tennis will face the Cardinal at 11 a.m. (MST) before the men’s team takes on Stanford at 2:30 p.m. (MST).  The two teams will then face California at 12 p.m. (MST) on each of the following two days.

 

Admission is free for all home tennis matches at our facility, which is located along the east end of the UA mall adjacent to Campbell Avenue. Both of our programs are having banner seasons, so it is a perfect time to catch the Wildcats in action.

 

CHAMPIONSHIP EXCELLENCE IN THE POOL

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We want to congratulate our men’s swimmers and divers on their performances at the NCAA Championships in Atlanta. Brooks Fail, a Tucson native, earned All-America honors in the 1,650-meter freestyle with a time of 14:35.33. He also set a school record and earned another top-10 finish in the 400-meter individual medley in addition to posting the second-fastest time in school history during the prelims of the event. Brooks began the meet by becoming an All-American in the 500-meter freestyle for a fourth consecutive year. Bjorn Markentin earned All-America honors on the diving side with another strong showing in the 1-meter dive.

 

Hats off to our student-athletes for the strong finish to the season on the national stage as you penned more chapters of the championship legacy of Arizona Swimming & Diving.

 

CAMPUS ACCOLADE

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We would like to applaud our campus partners on some well-earned honors. U.S. News & World Report ranked UArizona’s management information systems as the top program among public universities in its 2023 Best Graduate Schools list. Our University’s Department of Geosciences also had a program receive a No. 2 overall ranking.

 

Our athletics department is proud to represent this world-class institution of higher education, and we share the joy in promoting and celebrating important accomplishments like these. 

 

HATS OFF TO TREVOR WERBYLO

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Trevor Werbylo, who was a part of our Pac-12 champion Men’s Golf team last season, continues a successful start to his professional career. In his first year on the Korn Ferry Tour, Trevor won the Lake Charles Championship on Sunday in dramatic fashion. The win propelled him up the Korn Ferry Point standings in the tour’s competition for PGA Tour status next season.

 

Congratulations Trevor on the win, and we want to thank you for continuing to proudly represent the University of Arizona on the links.

WEAR THE COLORS – SHARE THE PHOTOS

Send us your photos of you wearing the colors while staying safe!

Thank you for wearing the colors and sharing your Arizona pride! Make sure to take a picture the next time you are wearing the colors and send it to us, we just might include it in next week’s Wildcat Wednesday! And even if your photo submission doesn’t make  next week’s edition, please check our “Wear the Colors” album at facebook.com/ArizonaAthletics on Fridays.

 

NOTE: Please submit photos for Wildcat Wednesday with an original email to [email protected] using the subject line ‘Wildcat Wednesday photo.’ Also, please ensure all submissions are clear and properly lit. We also ask that you identify everyone in the photo so we can highlight them accordingly.

Stay Safe, Bear Down and Mask Up!

 

Dave Heeke

Director of Athletics

University of Arizona

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