1. Volleyball Elite 8 run.
The Cats were just one set away from a Final Four birth, but came up just short against Santa Clara. The Wildcats were led by seniors Bre Ladd, Kim Glass and Jennifer Abernathy seemed snake bit in year’s past, but this year the Cats got a decent seed and placement and made a run. In the end they came up short, but overall the three seniors finished their careers on a good note.
2. Men’s Swimming
At the 2005 NCAA Championships, the men’s swimming and diving team finished third out of 56 teams with 388 points while tallying one national champion, 37 All-American honors and seven new school records.
3. Robert Cheseret
Robert Cheseret was named the Pac-10 Men’s Track Athlete of the Year after his defense of the two titles he won at the 2004 championships. Cheseret then went on the NCAA championship meet. In the 10,000 meters he outlasted the competition. Cheseret won the 10,000 meters with a personal best time of 28:20.11. Cheseret also went on to finish sixth in the 5,000 meters in 13:41.88.
Wildcat junior Robert Cheseret was named the Pac-10 2005 Cross Country Athlete of the Year. This is the second consecutive year that Cheseret won the award. Cheseret won his second consecutive Pac-10 title on Oct. 29, and followed that with a victory at the NCAA Western Regional on Nov. 12. Cheseret was dominant throughout the season, finishing in the top ten in all six races in which he competed.
4. Baseball’s dramatic win over ASU
It looked bleak for the Wildcats. ASU had scored in the top of the 14th and the Cats were faced with two outs after Trevor Crowe was caught trying to steal second. With a runner at first Jordan Brown launched a homerun into the Tucson night to give the Wildcats the 7-6 win.
5. Wildcat men’s indoor track and field
The Wildcats were impressive in Seattle at the 2005 MPSF Championships. The Wildcat men accumulated five individual titles en route to a third-place finish in the team standings. Distance runners Robert Cheseret and Jonah Maiyo paced the men with two titles and a runner-up finish. Maiyo won the men’s mile in 3:59.08, edging Cheseret, who finished second in 3:59.23. Cheseret came back to win the 3,000 meters, improving the meet record he set in 2004 with a time of 7:51.66.
Junior Sean Shields returned to the Arizona squad after taking a year off to train for the Olympic Trials in 2004. He came back ready for success, and he got that going with a victory in the men’s shot put at the MPSF Championships. Shields won with a throw of 63 feet, 3 ½ inches. Freshman Bobby McCoy grabbed up the last title for the UA men in his rookie season with the Wildcats. McCoy won the 200 meters at the MPSF Championships in 21.47 seconds for his first conference title.
The indoor season continued on to the NCAA Indoor Championships in Fayetteville, Arkansas with eight Wildcats making the trip. Four athletes earned All-America honors at the meet. Cheseret was the top finisher in any event for the Wildcats with a second-place finish in the 5,000 meters. Shields made his way to the podium with a third-place finish in the shot put, and Maiyo also grabbed a third-place finish in the men’s mile. Overall the men finished 10th.
6. Soccer’s Sweet 16 run
The Wildcats had their most successful postseason run in the history of the Arizona women’s soccer program. A run to the Sweet 16 left the Cats with a record of 11-8-3. Arizona had to travel to Utah to play two games in Salt Lake City against in-state teams before losing a showdown with the top-ranked team in the nation.
7. Arizona baseball’s draft day bonanza
The Arizona baseball team had eight of its members drafted on the first day of the Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft on Tuesday. Juniors Trevor Crowe, Nick Hundley, Jordan Brown and John Meloan were all selected in the first five rounds, and classmates Kevin Guyette, Chris Frey and Brad Boyer went in the 10th, 11th and 14th rounds, respectively, while senior Jeff Van Houten was tabbed in the 13th round.
8. Trevor Crowe’s junior season
Arizona outfielder Trevor Crowe was named to three first-team All-American teams. Crowe was tabbed to the team by Sports Weekly, Collegiate Baseball and Baseball America. Crowe was a finalist for the Golden Spikes Award. He finished the 2005 season with a team-best .403 batting average. He posted the second-most hits in a single season at Arizona with 106, including 25 doubles, a school and Pac-10 record 15 triples and nine home runs. Crowe scored 83 runs, drove in 54 more and finished with a team-best 27 stolen bases.
9. Softball All-Americans
Three Arizona players earned All-America honors, including two first team selections. Player of the Year finalist Caitlin Lowe batted .510, while slugging .638 as UA’s leadoff hitter. Prior to the WCWS, Lowe was in line to take home the nation’s batting title, which would have been the second consecutive year a UA outfielder did so. The sophomore earned All-America honors her freshman year, as well. Lowe’s classmate Kristie Fox’s 64 RBI and .356 batting average got the San Diego, Calif., native an at-large All-America selection. Fox led the nation in RBI throughout the year, until opponents elected not to pitch to her. Fox had 63 RBI in her first 46 games, before having just one in the final 11 contests. In those final 11 games, Fox was walked 13 times. With Lowe on base all the time, Fox made opponents pay, capitalizing with a .419 average with runners on. Finally, junior Alicia Hollowell made her third straight appearance on the All-America team, this time as a second team selection. Hollowell led the Wildcats with her 31-9 record and 0.88 ERA. In 54 postseason innings pitched, Hollowell surrendered just one earned run, good for a 0.13 ERA. Arizona’s strikeout queen had 446 punchouts in her third campaign, while limiting opponents to a .148 batting average.
The Cats made their 17th trip to the Women’s College World Series in the last 18 years, while sharing the Pac-10 title with three other teams. They finished fourth in the final poll of the year.
10. Men’s Golf makes another run to the NCAA’s
The Cats finished 17th in the nation. It was the program’s 19th consecutive appearance in the NCAA championships. In addition to being the second-longest active streak in the nation, the Wildcats are one of only two schools nationally to qualify for the national championships in every season since the regional since the format was adopted in 1989. Several other streaks continued for the program in 2004-05 as well: 27 seasons with a national ranking, 14 seasons with at least one All-America selection, six seasons with at least one first-team all-conference pick, six seasons with at least one individual medalist, six seasons with at least one top-10 national ranking, and three seasons with at least one.