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Men Arrive in College Station
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 24, 2009
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March 24, 2009

2008-09 Quick Facts

No. 2 – University of Arizona

Conference: Pac-10
2008-09 Dual Meet Record: 7-2
2008-09 Conference Record: 3-2
2009 Conference Finish: 3rd – 647 points
2009 Conference Champions: 2 individuals/1 relay

-Jean Basson (500 free), Jack Brown (400 IM),

-Basson, Nicolas Nilo, Nimrod Shapira Bar-OrJoel Greenshields (800 free relay)

2008 NCAA Finish: 1st

Returning 2008 All-Americans:
-Jean Basson (200 free, 500 free, 1650 free, 800 free relay)

-Jack Brown (200 IM, 400 IM)

-Joel Greenshields (400 free relay, 800 free relay, 400 medley relay

-Nicolas Nilo (100 free, 200 free, 200 free relay, 400 free relay, 800 free relay)

-Jordan Smith (200 free relay, 200 medley relay)

-Jake Tapp (100 back)

-Marcus Titus (100 breast, 200 breast)


Looking at 2009

Although many swimming pundits are picking Stanford and Texas as possible NCAA team champions this weekend, the Cats are happy to let others get the publicity and let their performances speak for themselves. And after capturing the ’08 title, it would be foolish to count them out.

Different Faces, Same Results

Compared to the Arizona women’s team, the men have a few different faces from when they won the championship a season ago. Arizona graduated five NCAA point scorers from last year including Albert Subirats and Darian Townsend.  Freshman A.J. Tipton has stepped up and become the Cats go to guy in the butterfly event while Adam Small and Jordan Slaughter provide depth in the freestyle and fly events respectively.

Individual Ace

Jack Brown has proven to be at his best in the 200 and 400 individual medley’s. In Long Beach at the Pac-10 Championships, Brown won the conference title in the 400 IM and in the process broke Chad Carvin’s school record set in 1995. Look for Brown to significantly lower his time of 3:43.22 in the pool in College Station.

Oh Captain, My Captain

Jean Basson has certainly been living up to his role as team co-caption. The Johannesburg native played a role in two of Arizona’s three conference titles in Long Beach as he swam the lead off leg of the 800 free relay and won the 500 freestyle event with a 4:12.99. On top of that, Basson placed second in the 200 free in Long Beach with a time of 1:33.77

Divin’ Ben

For the second consecutive year, sophomore diver Ben Grado has earned a bid into the NCAA Championships. At the Zone E Regionals in Austin two weeks ago, Grado finished runner up in both the 1-meter and 3-meter events while placing sixth in the platform to seal a bid. Look for him to provide a boost to the swimmers by scoring points in those three events.

The Five J’s

Jordan Smith, Jake Tapp, Jean Basson, Joel Greenshields, Jack Brown. Al l Arizona juniors, all expected to score points at the NCAA’s. Smith is Arizona’s sprinter and will look to break Roland Schoeman’s school record of 19.06 in the 50 free. Tapp swims backstroke and set the UA school record in the 200 back at the Pac-10 Championships. Greenshields will look to give Arizona a boost in the relay events while also swimming individual freestyle.

Top Sports Figure of 2008

Head Coach Frank Busch was recognized as the Arizona Daily Star’s top sports figure of 2008. Last season Busch won his first two NCAA titles in the span of a week, served as an assistant coach on the U.S. Olympic swimming team, named men’s and women’s NCAA and Pac-10 Coach of the Year and was inducted into the American Swim Coaches Association Hall of Fame.

IM Depth

Bryan O'Connor, Nicolas Nilo, Andrew Callahan and Austen 'Blackbeard' Thompson will look to accompany Jack Brown in the IM events. O'Connor has the 8th fastest time in the 200 IM, while Callahan and Thompson rank in at 14th and 23rd respectively in the 400 IM. 



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