COLLEGE STATION, Texas --The University of Arizona men's swimming and diving team jumped one spot to be in seventh place (143) after the second day of competition at the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships. Leading the pack is defending champion Texas with 446.5 points. Rounding out the top-five teams are Stanford (337.5), Tennessee (247.5), Southern California (234) and Auburn (231). The championships are being held at the Texas A&M University Student Recreation Center in College Station, Texas.
The Wildcats had their highest finish of the meet thus far when junior Omar Ojeda placed second on the three meter in tonight's finals. Ojeda's point total was 635.95 and broke the Arizona school record set by Jimmy Sjodin in 1997. Junior Ruben Vaca placed 11th on the three meter board today with 513.55 points.
"Both of the Arizona divers had a great day today. Omar's performance was brilliant, he shattered the old school record by 65 points. He's capable of being first or second in the country, he's that good, as he showed us all today," said Arizona head diving coach Michele Mitchell-Rocha.
In the championships finals of the 100 butterfly junior Roland Schoeman touched the wall at 46.53 to place third. Senior Jay Schryver swam his career top-time in the championship final of the 200 free at 1:35.39. Schryver placed fifth in the event.
Freshman Eric la Fleur, junior Roland Schoeman, senior Ben Anderson and freshman Tyler Johnson placed second, 10th overall, in the consolation finals of the 200 medley relay. The relay team hit the wall at 1:28.16.
The Cats finished in ninth place in the 800 freestyle relay (6:30.33). Arizona's relay team consisted of Anderson, Schryver, and seniors Scott Gaskins and Tyler Painter.
Head coach Frank Busch said, "We've definitely put ourselves in the position to get done what we wanted to when we got here. It was a great night for us and we'll just keep working at it one session at a time. If we keep doing it one session at a time we'll be just fine."
In the championship finals of the 200 medley relay the Longhorns of Texas broke the NCAA record, the American record, the U.S. Open record and the pool record when they finished the race at 1:24.47. Texas also broke all four records (NCAA, American, U.S. Open and pool) in the 800 freestyle relay when they swam to the time of 6:18.00.
Tim Siciliano, a junior at Michigan, broke the pool record in the 400 IM when he won the title for the third straight year. Siciliano won the event in the time of 3:40.77. Texas freshman Ian Crocker won the 100 butterfly at 45.96 breaking the pool record. Fellow Longhorn Brendan Hansen, a freshman, broke the pool record in the 100 breast (52.35). Another pool record was broken when USC freshman Klete Keller won the 200 free at 1:34.43. Tennessee senior Michael Gilliam set a new pool record in the 100 back at 45.97.
The final day of the 2001 NCAA Men's Swimming and Diving Championships will be held tomorrow, March 24. Preliminaries begin at 12 p.m. C.S.T. and finals begin at 7 p.m. C.S.T.