March 28, 2013
INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. – The Arizona men’s swimming/diving team closed out the opening night of the NCAA Championships at the IUPUI Natatorium with fireworks as the 400 medley relay team cruised to a victory and shattered the school record. The Cats are seventh in the team competition with 81 points.
The Arizona 400 medley relay team of Mitchell Friedemann (45.51), Kevin Cordes (49.56), Giles Smith (44.86) and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or (42.16) won the finale by more than two seconds with an unbelievable time of 3:02.09, just shy of the NCAA record. That is Arizona's third title in the event, as the Wildcats won in 2006 and 2008. The Wildcats finished ahead of second-place California by 2.37 seconds. The time also shattered the previous school record of 3:04.43 set by the team of Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, Darian Townsend and Joel Greenshields in 2008.
The 49.56 split in the breaststroke leg of the event by Cordes was the fastest in history. Cordes is the current American record holder in the 100 breast at 51.10, which is impressive in its own right. However, a sub-50 breaststroke leg could certainly be even more impressive.
Meanwhile, after Matt Barber qualified with a new personal best prelim time of 4:15.70 in the 500 free, he followed that up by shattering that mark with a very impressive 4:13.80 in the final to finish fifth. The time by Barber was the fifth fastest 500 free in school history.
Arizona earned points in each of the five swimming events on the night including solid efforts from Woody Joye in the 200 IM and Friedemann in the 50 free. Joye (1:44.38) finished seventh in the consolation final, while Friedemann (19.92) came in eighth.
The Wildcats opened the night with a seventh place finish in the 200 free relay as Mitchell Friedemann, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Jeff Amlee recorded a time of 1:17.97. Auburn won the event with a time of 1:15.48.
Tomorrow’s action will get underway with prelims beginning at 11:00 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. The schedule will include the 200 medley relay, 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast and 100 back. Also, the 3m diving competition will be held as well as the 800 free relay.
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