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Arizona Qualifies Nine for Day One Finals
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 15, 2007
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Minneapolis, Minn. ?- The Arizona men’s swim team completed the first day of preliminary action this afternoon at the 2007 NCAA Championships qualifying nine athletes to compete in tonight’s finals competition that will begin at 7 p.m. (CST) at the University Aquatic Center.


            Starting today’s events was the 200 free relay team of sophomore Nicolas Nilo, junior Albert Subirats, junior Darian Townsend and freshman Jordan Smith, which finished third overall with a season best time of 1:16.91.


In the 500 free, freshman Jean Basson finished third with a personal best time of 4:15.17. Senior Adam Ritter posted a third place seed in the 200 IM for tonight’s finals, winning his heat with a time of 1:44.40, while Townsend finished 10th overall with a personal best time of 1:45.40.


In the 50 free, Stanford’s Ben Wildman-Tobriner set a new American record, breaking the 19 second mark with a time of 18.98, posting a second-place seed overall for the Cardinal. Subirats finished eighth in the event with a time of 19.37.


The 400 medley relay team of freshman Jake Tapp, junior Ivan Barnes, Nilo and freshman Joel Greenshields wrapped up today’s prelims by finishing fifth with a time of 3:10.06.



Day One Qualifiers:

Nicolas Nilo ?- 200 FR, 400 MR

Albert Subirats ?- 200 FR, 50 free

Darian Townsend ?- 200 FR, 200 IM*

Jordan Smith ?- 200 FR

Jean Basson ?- 500 free

Adam Ritter ?- 200 IM

Ivan Barnes ?- 400 MR

Jake Tapp ?- 400 MR

Joel Greenshields ?- 400 MR


*Indicates swimmer qualified for consolation finals (9th-16th place)


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