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Release: 03/24/2011
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March 24, 2011

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MINNEAPOLIS - On night one of the Men's Swimming and Diving NCAA Championships at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, the Arizona men's swimming and diving team garnered three individual All-Americans and finished amongst the top eight in both the 200 free relay and 400 medley relay to score 99 points for fifth place through six events.

In the 200 freestyle relay, the team of Adam Small, Kelley Wyman, Mitchell Friedemann and Cameron Owen earned All-American honors with a fourth-place finish of 1:16.72.  Small got out quick and Owen split a 18.77 to anchor the relay. Because of a touch pad failure, UA's first three legs had no split times and it thus could not be determined if a record was set on the opening leg.

Next up was Cory Chitwood and Austen Thompson in the 200 individual medley.  The two juniors, who entered the championship final with the third and sixth fastest prelim times, both looked good in the fast final with Chitwood getting home in 24.85 to finish second overall in 1:42.28.  Thompson was eighth overall with a time of 1:44.49. Additionally, Chitwood's time is the second fastest in school history in the 200 I.M. behind Adam Ritter.

Small, UA's leadoff leg on the 200 free relay, kept up his swift swimming in the individual 50 freestyle by breaking Roland Schoeman's 2002 school record with a fourth-place time of 19.03.  Nathan Adrian of California won the final with an American record time of 18.66. As well as the new personal best, it was Small's highest finish ever in the 50 freestyle event.

To close night one, the 400 medley relay team of Chitwood, Wyman, A.J. Tipton and Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or placed sixth overall with a time of 3:08.35 to notch 26 points.

Heading into day two, Texas is in first with 139 points followed closely by Stanford with 136 and California at 134.  Auburn is in fourth place with 110.5 with the Wildcats in fifth-place with 99 points. 
Tomorrow, prelims will begin at noon CT with 200 medley relay, 400 I.M., 100 butterfly, 200 freestyle, 100 breaststroke, 100 backstroke, 3-meter springboard and 800 freestyle relay.


                      Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 6                      
 
1. Texas - 139  
2. Stanford - 136
3. California - 134  
4. Auburn - 110.5
5. Arizona - 99  
6. Virginia - 74
7. Florida - 70  
8. USC - 62
9. Michigan - 57 
10. Texas A&M - 49

Night 1 Finals Results
200 Freestyle Relay
4. A. Small, K. Wyman, M. Friedemann, C. Owen - 1:16.72 - 30 points

200 Individual Medley
2. Cory Chitwood - 1:42.28 - 17 points
8. Austen Thompson - 1:44.49 - 11 points

50 Freestyle
4. Adam Small - 19.03* - 15 points

400 Medley Relay
6. C. Chitwood, K. Wyman, A.J. Tipton, N. Shapira Bar-Or - 26 points

*New School Record

Day 1 Preliminary Results
200 Freestyle Relay
5. Adam Small, Kelley Wyman, Mitchell Friedemann, Tommy Gutman - 1:16.89

500 Freestyle
32. Matt Barber - 4:22.68

200 Individual Medley
3. Cory Chitwood - 1:43.55
6. Austen Thompson - 1:44.24
20. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - 1:44.85
44. Carl Mickelson - 1:47.25
45. Kevin Munsch - 1:47.58

50 Freestyle
6. Adam Small - 19.27
25. Kelley Wyman - 19.72
27. Mitchell Friedemann - 19.74

400 Medley Relay
7. Cory Chitwood, Kelley Wyman, A.J. Tipton, Cameron Owen - 3:08.60

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