Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Cats Kickoff NCAA's
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 26, 2010
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COLUMBUS, Ohio - After night one of the 2010 Men's NCAA Swimming and Diving Championships at the McCorkle Aquatic Center at Ohio State University, the No. 1 ranked Arizona Wildcats sit in sixth place with 87 overall points.


The night kicked off with the 200 freestyle relay and the team of Jordan Smith, Adam Small, Rob Iddiols and Jake Tapp turning in a time of 1:17.53.  Iddiols proved to be the most impressive on the relay, splitting a 19.23.


In the 500 freestyle finals, Jean Basson, who earlier in the day just snuck into the championship heat as the reigning national champion, turned in a tremendous comeback after falling behind early.  Basson was in lane 8 and started to make his move after being as far back as sixth place.  But the South African just kept swimming faster 50 yard splits and suddenly was tied with Florida Conor Dwyer with 25 yards left.  Down the stretch the two were eye to eye.  On the touch it was anyone's call, and it went to Dwyer as he out-touched Basson by one hundredth of a second--the closest possible result.  Basson swam a 4:13.65 which was nearly four seconds faster than his prelim time but still a fraction of a second off of Dwyer's 4:13.64.


In the 200 individual medley consols, Jack Brown won the heat with a time of 1:44.05 and Cory Chitwood placed fourth in the heat as the Wildcats added 14 points to their total.


Smith placed fifth in the 50 freestyle consols after posting a time of 19.67.  Smith's finish awarded UA another four points.


To close the evening, Arizona's 400 medley relay of Chitwood, Marcus Titus, A.J. Tipton and Smith finished sixth in a time of 3:07.54. 


Through night one, Texas is atop the leaderboard with 145 points followed by Cal in second with 139 and Florida in third with 118. The Wildcats' 87 points put them in sixth, 10 points in front of seventh place Michigan. 


Night 1 Standings

1. Texas - 145

2. Cal - 139

3. Florida - 118

4. Auburn - 114.5

5. Stanford - 106

6. Arizona - 87

7. Michigan - 77


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