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Wildcats Take Lead after Day Two of NCAA Competition
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/25/2006
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Atlanta, Ga. ?- The Arizona Men’s swimming and diving team achieved new heights after the second day of competition at the 2006 NCAA Championships, tallying

two individual champions, two relay titles and 14 new records while taking the lead over Auburn with 336.5 points.

 

            The Wildcats now post five national titles, the most ever achieved in school history, with three relay and two individual crowns.

 

            The 200 medley relay started the action for the Wildcats, as the team of sophomore Albert Subirats, seniors Dave Rollins, Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett set a new NCAA, U.S. Open, school and pool record with a time of 1:23.88.

 

“I am pretty excited and glad for my teammates,” Subirats said. “It was with three seniors, three great seniors, a championship, and we broke the record, so I feel really good.”

 

Next, in the 100 butterfly, Ferns captured his first NCAA crown, winning the race with a school and pool record time of 45.89. Subirats finished behind his teammate in second-place with a personal best time of 46.02.

 

            “Just to train with Albert every day is a great thing,” Ferns said. “He is such a great swimmer, and that’s the future of Arizona. (This race) was awesome, it wasn’t as fast as I wanted to go, but it’s a win. We mean business. We have only nine guys and we all want to win the championships. I think we really showed that tonight.”

 

“There were some great swimmers out there, and to get beat by my own teammate is great,” Subirats said. (On Arizona taking first and second in the event) “It’s pretty exciting and I’m happy for the team. I felt tired coming down the final stretch but I finished strong, thank God.”

 

            Continuing the excitement was Burnett who defended his 200 freestyle crown, while breaking his own NCAA and school records as well as setting new U.S. Open and pool records with a time of 1:31.20. Burnett is now a three-time national champion in this event.

 

            “You know, I’ve always come to the NCAAs and swam slower than I have in the season,” Burnett said. “So it is really satisfying to come here and improve my time.”

 

            “I have never seen anything like (Simon’s swim),” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “I don’t even know how to explain it. That was a guy, very talented, whose heart wanted that, and was willing to give it whatever it took.”

 

            Tallying the final national title of the evening was the 800 free relay comprised of Burnett, Ferns, senor Tyler DeBerry and junior Adam Ritter, who won he event with a new school and pool record time of 1:16.67.

 

            “It was good, what more can you say,” Ferns said. “We really wanted that one. IT would have been nice to break the (NCAA) record, but winning feels great no matter what.”

 

After breaking the school record in the 100 breaststroke during prelims this afternoon (52.68), Rollins finished third in the championship finals with a time of 52.91 as sophomore Ivan Barnes finished 10th overall with a time of 53.55.

 

            Sophomore Nick Thoman and Subirats competed in the championship finals of the 100 backstroke, as Thoman finished third (46.67) and Subirats finished seventh (46.89).

 

            In the 3-meter diving competition, senior John Collier finished 20th respectively, with 287.25 points.

 

            The Wildcats will complete the NCAA Championships at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center tomorrow with prelims beginning at 12 p.m. (EST) and finals start at 7 p.m.

 

Team Scores after Event 14:

1. Arizona 336.5

2. Auburn 331.5

3. Stanford 244.5

4. Texas 220

5. Florida 203

6. Cal 182.5

7. USC 157

8. Northwestern 133.5

9. Michigan 132

10. Georgia 120

 

 

Total Records Broken at the Meet After Day 2:

100 Breast                        Dave Rollins                        52.68 (school)

100 Back                        Albert Subirats                        46.62(school)

100 Fly                        Lyndon Ferns                        45.89(school & pool) *

200 Free                        Simon Burnett                        1:31.20(NCAA, U.S. Open, school & pool)*

200 IM                        Adam Ritter                        1:44.15(school)

200 free relay                                        Burnett, Ferns, Subirats, Ritter                                1:16.54(school)

400 medley relay                                Thoman, Barnes, Subirats, Ritter                                3:06.08(school/pool)*

200 medley relay                                Subirats, Rollins, Ferns, Burnett                                1:23.88(NCAA, U.S. Open, school, pool)*

800 free relay                                Burnett, Ferns, DeBerry, Ritter                                6:16.67 (Pool/ school)*

 

* - Indicates National Champion

 

Head Swimming Coach Frank Busch Quotes:

 

“I don’t think Arizona swimming has ever seen anything quite like what we did tonight. I couldn’t be more proud of the guys, I couldn’t be more proud of the coaches and all the hard work that they have put into this. This has been a very magical night, it’s almost surreal.”

 

“I am just trying to keep everything in perspective for the guys right now and not get ahead of ourselves. I want them to realize it’s a race-by-race meet, so I’m trying to make sure they are tuned into that.”

 

“We are going to have to have a great morning tomorrow and stay focused on what we are trying to do and not worry about anyone else. If you don’t have a good morning, you are not going to have a good night,”

 

“In all the years I have been coaching I have never seen anything like tonight. If you were to compare it to anything else, there is nothing to compare it to because nothing even comes close to what we have accomplished here. I’m so proud of the guys, especially the seniors.”

 

 

 

 

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