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Men?s Swim and Dive in Second Place After Day One at NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 25, 2005
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Minneapolis, Minn. - After the first day of competition at the 2005 NCAA Championships, the No. 8 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team are currently in second place with 130 points.


            “We are off to a great start at this meet,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “The guys are battling and they have good momentum. We are really confident when we race and everyone is really involved with the team atmosphere. I like what I’m seeing.”


            The 200-yard free relay team of junior Simon Burnett, junior Lyndon Ferns, freshman Gerhard Zandberg and Jonas Persson finished third in the championship finals with a season best time of 1:16.96. The relay teams from Auburn and Cal took the top-two positions, posting the two fastest times ever swum in this event. (Auburn: 1:16.00 / Cal: 1:15.78).


            Junior Tyler DeBerry cruised by his personal best time in the 500-yard freestyle as he placed second in the championship finals with a time of 4:14.35. Junior Dave Rollins broke a school record in the 200-yard individual medley as he finished second in the championship finals with a time of 1:44.42.


            In the championship finals of the 50-yard freestyle, Ferns finished fourth with a season best time of 19.30, the exact same time he swam in preliminaries, while in the consolation finals, Burnett finished second, 10th overall, with a time of 19.48 and Zandberg was 15th overall with a personal best time of 19.94.


Junior John Collier finished 10th overall in the 1-meter spring board event with a score of 307.20, contributing seven points to the Wildcats’ team score.


To finish this evening’s events, the 400-yard medley relay composed of Zandberg, freshman Ivan Barnes, Ferns and Burnett broke another school record by finishing second with a time of 3:07.57. Zandberg also broke the 100-yard backstroke school record with a lead-off time of 46.98.


            The Wildcats will continue competition tomorrow at the University Aquatic Center at 12 p.m. (CST) for preliminary action and finals will begin at 7 p.m.

School Records Broken


Event                                        Name                                Time                        Old Time

200 IM                        Dave Rollins                        1:44.42                        1:46.25 (2004)

100 back                     Gerhard Zandberg                46.98*                            47.20 (2000)

400 Medley Relay      Zandberg/Barnes/Ferns/Burnett         3:07.57                        3:10.65 (2004)


* = Lead-off time


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