TUCSON, Ariz. ?C The Arizona menˇ?s swimming team started the day off on a good note at the NCAA Championships in Federal Way, Wash. when the 200 yard freestyle relay team of Albert Subirats, Nicolas Nilo, Jordan Smith and Darian Townsend finished this mornings prelims with the top time of 1:17.05.
Jean Bassonˇ?s time of 4:15.00 in the 500 yard free was fast enough to qualify him for tonightˇ?s championship final.
The men qualified?two swimmers for tonightˇ?s finals in the 200 yard IM. Darian Townsendˇ?s time of 1:43.40 was fast enough for the?top time in this morningˇ?s prelims. Sophomore Jack Brown finished in third with a time of 1:44.68. "The men did what they needed to do this morning. Jack Brown did something really spectacular for the team by earning a third place seed in the 200 IM,ˇ± said Arizona head coach, Frank Busch.
Subirats qualified for tonightˇ?s championship final in the 50 yard free when he swam a 19.49 in the preliminaries this morning.
The Cats finished off this morning preliminaries with a third place finish in the 400 yard medley relay. The team consisted of swimmers, Cory Chitwood, Ivan Barnes, Subirats and Joel Greenshields.
Arizona will have two relay teams and the four swimmers in tonightˇ?s finals. ˇ?I'm expecting that tonight will be exciting for the Wildcats," coach Busch said. Tonightˇ?s finals will begin at 7 p.m.
Others who competed were Bart Steininger, Andrew Callahan and Bryon O'Connor in the 200 IM, and Jordan Smith and Nilo in the 50.