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Simon Burnett Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 29, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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2004-05 Season: Is the 2005 NCAA Champion in the 200 freestyle winning with a NCAA pool record time of 1:33.28... Holds the U.S. Open, NCAA and Pac-10 Record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:32.22... Is a First Team All-American in six events... Is responsible for six individual top-five season best times and four all-time best performances at Arizona...  At the NCAA Championships, contributed to four of the five top-three relays while finishing seventh in the 100 freestyle (42.83) and 10th in the 50 freestyle (19.48)...  At the Pac-10 Championships, finished third in the 200 freestyle (1:34.70)... Also anchored the second place 800 free relay and the third place 200 medley relay... Against ASU, won the 100 backstroke (49.44), took second in the 50 freestyle (20.83) and swam the second leg of the first place 200 free relay... Finished second in the 100 backstroke (48.93) against SMU and Texas... Anchored the second place 400 free relay against Stanford... Anchored the first place 400 free relay against California... Against Northwestern and Washington, finished third in the 50 freestyle (20.90)... Finished first in three events including the 100 backstroke (49.60), the 50 freestyle (20.84), and the 500 freestyle (4:35.14) against British Colombia.... At the 2004 Texas Invitational, broke a 17-year old U.S. Open record in the 200 freestyle with a time of 1:32.22... Also, won the 50 freestyle (19.28) and the 100 freestyle (42.96) while anchoring the first place 200 and 400 medley relay... Against USC, finished first in the 200 freestyle and in the 200 backstroke (1:46.56)... Also finished third in the 100 backstroke and placed second in the 100 freestyle... Against Wisconsin, finished first in the 200 freestyle (1:38.68) and the 100 freestyle (45.43).


2003-04 Season:   First team All-American in the 200 freestyle, the 200, 400 and 800 free relay, and the 200 and 400 medley relay... Finished sixth in the 200-meter freestyle at the NCAA Championships...At the 2004 Pac-10 Championships, anchored the 400 free relay that placed second (2:53.39)... Against Texas, was second in the 200 freestyle (1:39.22)...Swam the first leg of the first-place 400 medley relay...Finished fourth in the 200 back, and contributed to the second-place 200 free relay...Against Stanford, was second in the 200 freestyle (1:39.36)...Swam the third leg of the first-place 200 free relay...Finished fourth in the 100 freestyle (45.59)... Posted the only individual win for the Wildcats against California in the 200 freestyle (1:50.06)...Was also second in the 400 freestyle (3:54.90).


2002-03 Season:  2003 NCAA Champion in the 200 freestyle (1:33.69)... Earned All-America honors in six different events... At the 2003 NCAA Championships, was also part of the third-place 400 free relay, the fourth-place 200 free relay, the 10th-place 800 free relay and the 10th-place 200 medley relay... Swam in the prelims of the 100 freestyle as well... At 2003 Pac-10 Championships, was runner-up in the 200 free (1:36.72) and 13th in the 100 freestyle (45.14)... Was also part of the 400 free relay and the 400 medley relay, both of which finished third... In dual meet action, was second in both the 100 and 200 freestyle against Arizona State... Won both the 200 freestyle and 200 backstroke against California... Was second in the 200 freestyle and fourth in the 200 backstroke against Stanford... Joined the team in January of 2003, at semester break...


National & International Competition ?- 2004: Competed in the Olympics for Britain where he set a new British record (1:47.72) in the semilfainals of the 200 free. He placed seventh in finals... 2003:  Competed in the European Championships and the World Championships... Part of an 800 free relay that finished sixth at the 2003 World Championships... 2002:  Bronze medalist in the 800 free relay at the 2002 Commonwealth Games... Finished sixth in the 200 free at the 2002 European Championships...


Prep: Graduated from John Hampden Grammar School in the U.K. ... Competed for the Wycombe District Swimming Club in the U.K. ... 2003 national champion in the 200 free... Helped club to a 10th-place finish in the National League in 2001.


Personal: Born Simon Andrew Burnett on April 14, 1983, in Oxford, U.K. ... Son of Ray Burnett and Melanie Robinson... Has an older brother, Mark, and a younger brother, James... Majoring in business.


Personal Bests:

200 free - 1:32.22
100 free - 42.49
50 free - 19.28
200 back - 1:46.56



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