March 5, 2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. – After day two of the Men’s Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, Arizona currently sits in third place with 216 points.
The Wildcats began the night with the 500 freestyle event. Olympian Jean Basson defended his Pac-10 title with an impressive NCAA automatic time of 4:12.99, overwhelming a crowd of Stanford swimmers in the process.
“Coming into tonight’s final, I knew I didn’t swim my best during the prelims,” said Basson. “I really wanted to come out and show everyone what I am capable of. This being my main event, I’m glad I was able to defend my Pac-10 title from last year and give my team the victory.”
Basson’s time in the 500 freestyle was good for a new Pac-10 meet record. Competing in the Consolation Final, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or won with a time of 4:20.19
In the 200 individual medley, Jack Brown finished fifth for the Wildcats with a time of 1:45.38. Brown was followed by teammate Bryan O’Connor who placed seventh with a time of 1:45.83. In the consolation final for the 200 IM, Nicolas Nilo scored a win for Arizona with a time of 1:45.64. The time was good enough to earn an NCAA consideration time for the Olympian.
Jordan Smith turned in Arizona’s top time in the 50 freestyle, posting a 19.46. Cal’s Nathan Adrian won the event with a Pac-10 conference and meet record time of 18.82. Junior Jake Tapp won his 50 free consol with a time of 19.99. Also scoring points for UA were Adam Small, who swam a 20.07 and Joel Greenshields, who posted a 20.34.
Following a 30 minute intermission, the night ended with Stanford winning the 200 freestyle relay. The Arizona team of Nicolas Nilo, Jordan Smith, Adam Small and Jake Tapp finished third with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:16.96.
“I thought our guys swam great tonight,” said head coach Frank Busch. “We’ve really been battling and giving a great effort. Jean (Basson) just wouldn’t be denied and he defended his Pac-10 title. Overall I’m very pleased.”
Tomorrow Arizona will compete in the 400 IM, 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and cap the night with the 400 medley relay.