March 25, 2011
MINNEAPOLIS – The University of Arizona men’s swimming and diving team used a mixture of individual and relay efforts during the second day of competition at the NCAA Championships to move up to fourth place in the team standings with 214 points. California leads after night two with 352 followed by Texas in second with 288.5 and Stanford in third with 278.5.
The 200 medley relay got things started for the Wildcats on Friday evening as the quartet of Mitchell Friedemann, Kelley Wyman, A.J. Tipton and Adam Small placed fourth overall with a time of 1:24.71. Small, who set the school record in the 50 freestyle last night, split 18.89 to anchor the relay home.
Following the medley relay, UA’s Austen Thompson, swimming in the championship final of the 400 individual medley, placed fourth overall with a time of 3:43.59. Thompson, who had the fastest preliminary time of anyone in the field, went out extremely quick and led for most of the race but just couldn’t find the speed over the freestyle leg.
In the 100 butterfly consolation final, A.J. Tipton held his position from prelims and placed eighth in the heat with a time of 47.30. Stanford’s Austin Staab took home the championship 100 fly title in 44.69.
Next up was Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or in the consolation final of the 200 freestyle. Qualifying 11th overall in the prelim session, Shapira Bar-Or went out and claimed the lead early in the consols and never looked back, winning the race in 1:33.99.
Kevin Munsch, who ripped off a swift preliminary swim in the 100 breaststroke to make it back for the championship heat, placed seventh overall with a finals time of 53.07. California went 1-2-4 in the final with Damir Dugonjic winning the title in 50.94. In the consolation heat, Kelley Wyman was eighth with a time of 53.86.
In the final individual race of the night, Cory Chitwood and Mitchell Friedemann earned individual All-America honors in the 100 back as they placed sixth and eighth, respectively in times of 46.10 and 46.32. Senior Ivan Tolic was eighth in the consolation final in 47.80.
To close out night two, the Arizona 800 free relay team of Shapira Bar-Or, Chitwood, Matt Barber and Cameron Owen placed eighth overall with a time of 6:23.44. The UA relay swimming out of heat one of two in the timed final used Shapira Bar-Or’s opening split of 1:34.26 and was third in their respective heat.
Going into tomorrow, the Wildcats will try and expand upon their slight one point lead over fifth-place Florida. Tomorrow’s events include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, platform diving and the 400 free relay.
Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 14
1. California - 352
2. Texas - 288.5
3. Stanford - 278.5
4. Arizona - 214
5. Florida - 213
6. Auburn - 178.5
7. USC - 146
8. Virginia - 145
9. Michigan - 131
10. Ohio St – 97