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Grevers Takes Top Seed in 100 Backstroke
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: June 26, 2012
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June 26, 2012

OMAHA, Neb. -

Head Coach Eric Hansen


Tucson Ford Aquatics swimmer Matt Grevers finished in first place in both the preliminary and semifinal rounds in the 100 back on Tuesday to give him the top seed going into Wednesday night’s finals.

The top two finishers in Wednesday’s competition will advance to the Olympic Games in London.

“In my races now I’m feeling pretty good, pretty comfortable,” Grevers said. “Hopefully, tomorrow I will come out and do something special.”

Out of the three Ford/Zona swimmers that qualified for the men’s 100 breast, Kevin Cordes missed the two top spots by .43 seconds in 1:00.58 race that put him in third place. Clark Burckle and Marcus Titus finished seventh and eighth, respectively.

Christine Magnuson was the additional swimmer for Ford/Zona to compete in a Tuesday night final and finished sixth in the 100 fly at 58.60. 

In addition to Grevers, six other Ford/Zona swimmers competed in semifinal action.

Annie Chandler and Ellyn Baumgardner finished fifth and seventh, respectively, in the 100 breast to qualify for Wednesday night’s final and Amanda Beard finished 10th.

Adam Ritter posted a 13th place finish in the 200 free, Sarah Denninghoff finished 15th in the 100 back and Mitchell Friedemann finished 13th in the 100 back.

“I’m really happy with how the day went,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “Grevers is about to do something special. We had 11 swimmers out tonight and three coming back tomorrow night. There are just so many positives that came out of today.”

Competition will resume Wednesday, June 27 with the women’s 200 free, men’s 200 fly and women’s 200 IM preliminary rounds in the morning and semifinals at night. Also at night will be the men’s 200 free, women’s 100 back, men’s 100 back and women’s 100 breast finals.

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Tuesday Results


Women 100 Back

            -Sarah Denninghoff 13th – 1:01.63

            -Maggie Meyer 28th – 1:02.86

            -Lauren Smart 39th – 1:03.05

            -Erin Campbell 103rd – 1:04.40

Men 200 Free

            -Adam Ritter 12th – 1:49.39

            -Matt Barber 44th – 1:51.22

            -Pete Stacy 70th – 1:52.23

            -Woody Joye 84th – 1:52.85

Women 100 Breast

            -Ellyn Baumgardner 5th – 1:07.72

            -Amanda Beard 7th – 1:08.21

            -Annie Chandler 8th – 1:08.23

            -Sara Borendame 134th – 1:13.65

Men 100 Back

            -Matt Grevers 1st – 52.94

            -Mitchell Friedemann  11th – 55.09

            -Cory Chitwood 22nd – 55.89

            -Ellis Miller 29th – 56.30

            -Michael Sheppard 34th – 56.52

            -Nick Hadinger 70th – 57.44

            -Bryan O’Connor 87th – 57.89

            -Pete Stacy 89th – 57.90

            -Matt Hurko 95th – 58.02

Women 400 Free

-Alyssa Anderson 22nd – 4:13.29

-Monica Drake 108th – 4:27.41


Men 200 Free

            -Adam Ritter 7th – 1:48.44

Women 100 Breast

            -Annie Chandler 5th – 1:07.34

            -Ellyn Baumgardner 7th – 1:07.64

            -Amanda Beard 10th – 1:07.92

Men 100 Back

            -Matt Grevers 1st – 53.10

            -Mitchell Friedemann 13th – 55.25

Women 100 Back

            -Sarah Denninghoff 15th – 1:01.81


Women 100 Fly

            -Christine Magnuson 6th – 58.60

Men 100 Breast

            -Kevin Cordes 3rd – 1:00.58

            -Clark Burckle 7th – 1:00.81

            -Marcus Titus 8th – 1:00.94

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