COLUMBUS, Ohio – After night two at the McCorkle Aquatic Pavilion, the No. 1 Arizona Wildcats find themselves in third place with 269 points after a productive second night.
The night began with the UA 200 medley relay team finishing fifth overall with Bryan O’Connor, Marcus Titus, Adam Small and Jordan Smith swimming a 1:25.22 in the championship heat. The relay earned 28 points for Arizona.
Up next was the 400 individual medley where the Wildcats put up some big points. Jack Brown placed fourth and Clark Burckle placed fifth in the championship heat to repeat their performances from 2009. Additionally, Austen Thompson came up big for UA and won the 400 IM consols in 3:42.37. Thompson also out-split the entire field in the breaststroke including the championship heat finalist.
One night after finishing runner-up in the 500 free, Jean Basson earned All-America honors for the fourth consecutive year as he placed eighth in the 200 free with a time of 1:34.37. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, swimming in the 200 free consols, went 1:34.26 to place second.
In the 100 breast, Marcus Titus placed fourth overall with a time of 52.33 to earn 15 points for Arizona. Titus was the top seed after morning prelims.
In addition to the 400 I.M., Arizona did some significant damage in the 100 backstroke as Jake Tapp was runner-up in the championship heat with a time of 46.16. Also swimming in the championship heat was Bryan O’Connor who finished seventh overall in 46.81 for his first-ever individual All-American honors. In the consols of the 100 back, Cory Chitwood won the heat with a 45.77 showing. Chitwood’s time was so fast that if he had been in the championship heat, he would have placed second overall. The cumulative point total for the 100 back was 38 points for Arizona.
The Wildcats qualified their first diver into a championship heat in eight years Saturday night as Ben Grado finished sixth overall in the 3-meter event for UA to hand the team an additional 13 points. After being without a diver for quite awhile, the men’s team welcomed the impressive performance by Grado on the boards. He’ll go tomorrow off the platform.
To cap the evening, Arizona finished third overall in the 800 free relay as the team of Basson, Shapira Bar-Or, Brown and Joel Greenshields swam a time of 6:18.33 to earn 32 points. Arizona has finishes of 1st in ’07 and ’08, 2nd in ’09 and 3rd in ’10 in the relay.
After night two, the Wildcats sit in third place with 269 points. Cal leads all teams with 348.5 points, followed by Texas in 330. Florida is fourth with 264 and Stanford is fifth with 221 points.
1. Cal – 348.5
2. Texas – 330
3. Arizona – 269
4. Florida – 264
5. Stanford - 221
6. Auburn – 215.5