FEDERAL WAY, Wash. - After the completion of the second day of competition at the 2000 Men's Pac-10 Swimming Championship today at the King County Aquatic Center, the Arizona men remain in fifth place, after accumulating 227 points. 18-time defending conference champion Stanford continues to lead the competition with 505 points, followed by California (438), USC (415.5) and Arizona State (231).
In the 200-yard freestyle, senior, All-American Ryk Neethling finished second overall, in a time of 1:34.89. Tonight's finish marked the second-straight year Neethling has finished second at the Pac-10s. After last season's performance he advanced to the NCAA Championships two weeks later and proceeded to win the national title in that event. Junior Jay Schryver finished third in the consolation final (11th-place overall) in the 200 free, clocking a time of 1:38.72.
While no Wildcat men advanced to the final of the 400-yard IM, the finals of the 100-yard butterfly made up for it as sophomore Roland Schoeman placed third (48.01) and senior Oscar la Fleur finished sixth, in a time of 49.23.
The 100-yard breaststroke UA gained valuable points from freshman Dave Anderson (11th place; 56.26), senior Chris Bundy (18th place; 57.89) and senior Rob Henikman (19th place; 58.07).
Senior Matt Allen, who had clocked the nation's fastest time in the 100-yard back entering the Pac-10s, finished fifth in that same event, by clocking a time of 48.35. Other finishers in the 100 back included sophomore Kris Souther (10th place; 50.11) and freshman Tom Martensen (12th place; 50.98).
In addition to strong individual finishes, the Cats also picked up valuable points in the relay events of day two. The 200-yard medley relay squad of Allen, Schoeman, Anderson and senior Coley Stickels clocked a time of 1:28.50, good enough for third place, while in the 800-yard free relay, Schryver, senior Nat Lewis, Neethling and junior Scott Gaskins placed fifth (6:33.88).
The final day of the 2000 Pac-10 Men's Swimming Championship begins tomorrow with the prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and the finals slated for 6:00 p.m.(PST).