Hannah Cox is undoubtedly one of the best swimmers on the women's team this year. The sophomore specializes in long distance freestyle, and has competed against some of the best swimmers in the world in both the 500- and 1000-yard freestyle events. Cox holds two top-ten times in school history in both distances, and has routinely finished top-three in those races in the past two seasons. This year, she placed second in the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational Tournament, the USA College Challenge, and finished behind five-time gold medalist Katie Ledecky in a conference swim meet against Stanford. The Arizona record-setter is only 19, a member of the U.S. Junior National team and may be an Olympic hopeful for Arizona in 2020.
Katrina Konopka without a doubt has been an integral part of Arizona swimming for the last three years. She holds three top-ten records for the school in the 50 free, 100 free, and 100 backstroke, and was a part of the fastest 200 medley relay time in Arizona history. She is a three-time all-American, a gold medalist at Junior Worlds and an NCAA A-cut qualifier (the top qualifying division at NCAA nationals) Katrina is now in her junior year as an Arizona swimmer, and has already wreaked havoc in her backstroke competitions. She took first in the 50-yard backstroke at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational, one of the most competitive tournaments in the nation, and has three other firsts in conference swims in that event. She also took second place four times in the 100-yard back this season so far, and has yet to place out of the top five in any of her backstroke races. Katrina is definitely a Wildcat hopeful come time for NCAA nationals, and has an excellent shot at qualifying for the Olympics in 2020, given she stays on top of her stroke.
While Sam Iida is one of the younger members on the men's swim team, he has already made an impact in his first season at Arizona. In his first two conference meets against Utah and eighth-ranked Southern California, he won the 200-yard breaststroke, which are incredible performances, period — let alone from a freshman. Sam, however, does have big shoes to fill as a breaststroke swimmer, after the 2015 graduation of Arizona legend and Olympian Kevin Cordes. Cordes was a six-time national champion and won the 100-yard breaststroke four years in a row for Arizona. Although Sam is no Kevin Cordes yet, he has a lot of time to develop as a swimmer, and has the Pac-12 and NCAA tournaments this season, plus three more years of swimming, to prove himself.
Mackenzie Rumrill is without a doubt one of the top butterfly swimmers on the team, and possibly one of the best butterfly swimmers in the whole Pac-12. The junior is a two-time All-American, and holds two top-ten times in school history for the 100 fly and the 200 IM. Last season she placed tenth at the Pac-12 championships, and 40th overall at NCAA nationals in the 100 fly, which is an impressive feat for any swimmer, especially a sophomore. This season, she hasn't finished outside of third place and is slated to finish in the top ten at this year's Pac-12 championships. Mackenzie is also a gifted student; she is a two-time academic All-American and is majoring in one of the toughest programs at Arizona, physiology.