March 3, 2011
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LONG BEACH, Calif. - On night two of the men's swimming Pac-10 Championships in Long Beach, Calif., No. 6 Arizona received standout performances for many including freshman Matt Barber, juniors Cory Chitwood, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Adam Small and its 200 freestyle relay team to score 122 points and set itself up nicely for the week.
Barber, a freshman out of Kingwood, Texas, swam an excellent 500 free against a field of experienced Olympians to place fourth overall with a time of 4:18.10. Barber, who qualified sixth in the morning prelims, shaved nearly three seconds during his finals swim. USC's Clement Lefert won with a time of 4:15.59. Barber's fourth place finish fielded 15 points for Arizona.
Next up was the 200 I.M. where Cory Chitwood placed fourth overall with a very impressive time of 1:44.72. He was accompanied in the championship final by Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or who was seventh in 1:46.25. Shapira Bar-Or and Chitwood combined to score 27 points in the A final.
Austen Thompson and Kevin Munsch, swimming in the B consolation final for UA, recorded times of 1:47.23 and 1:48.69, respectively to place sixth and eight and grab four additional points. In the C final, Carl Mickelson posted a solid time of 1:47.64 to win the heat.
In the 50 sprint freestyle, junior Adam Small placed seventh overall with a 19.59 to add 12 points to the Wildcats' total. In the B consolation final, Kelley Wyman finished runner-up in 19.72 followed by teammates Tommy Gutman in fourth (19.94), Craig Jordens in fifth (19.99) and Mitchell Friedemann in eighth (20.33.) In the C final of the 50 free, Luke Pechmann won with a 20.04 followed by Nick Hadinger in third 20.28 and Kevin Steel in seventh at 20.48.
To close the night's events, the Arizona 200 free relay team of Wyman, Small, Jordens and Gutman placed third with a time of 1:18.17. All four of the relay quartet posted splits of under 20 seconds as the anchor Gutman, a freshman, was the fastest at 19.26.
Through seven events, Arizona is in fourth place with 152 points. Stanford leads the meet with 323 points followed by California with 251 and USC with 165.
Tomorrow's races include the 400 I.M., 100 fly, 200 free, 100 breast, 100 back and 400 medley relay.
Point Standings Through Seven Events
1. Stanford - 323
2. California - 251
3. USC - 165
4. Arizona - 152
5. Arizona State - 103
6. UC Santa Barbara - 75
7. Cal Poly - 64