March 24, 2012
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. -
Arizona Men’s Swimming showed its strength on Friday on the second day of the NCAA Championships after breaking American records, garnering two individual national championships, one relay national championship and one runner-up finish.
The Wildcats opened up the evening with the 200 medley relay and did so in impressive fashion. Senior Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.), sophomores Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) and Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) and freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) swam the event in a time of 1:23.53 to not only record Arizona’s first NCAA win, but break several records.
The quartet broke the American record of 1:23.88, set by Texas’ Jostes, Magruder, Taylor and Feigen, set in 2009 and a UA record set by Albert Subirats, Dave Rollins, Lyndon Ferns and Simon Burnett in 2006.
“The 200 medley relay has been a target for us all season,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “We have some versatility and those four kids really stepped up and got it done. We knew that would be a momentum builder.”
In the second race of the evening, senior Austen Thompson (Chandler, Ariz.) won Arizona’s first individual national championship after posting a time of 3:39.15 in the 400 IM, the eighth-fastest time in NCAA history. In addition, he broke Jack Brown’s school record of 3:41.49 set in 2009.
Thompson’s win marks the first time an Arizona men’s swimmer has won a national championship in the 400 IM.
Shortly after, Cordes won the 100 breast to become the first Arizona freshman to win a national championship since Simon Burnett won the 200 free in 2003. In the preliminary round, Cordes swam the 100 breast in a time of 51.32, breaking the American record of 51.35 set by Michael Alexandrov in 2010. He also broke the UA record set by Marcus Titus in 2009.
Three additional Wildcats posted notable finishes as Smith recorded a runner-up finish in the 100 fly, junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) finished fourth in the 100 breast and Friedemann earned a sixth-place finish in the 100 back.
Arizona concluded the night with a sixth-place finish in the 800 free relay behind seniors Cory Chitwood (Union, Ky.) and Cameron Owen (Fishers, Ind.) and sophomores Woody Joye (Coosada, Ala.) and Matt Barber (Kingwood, Texas).
“I think we had a great night,” Hansen said. “I am really proud of the way these guys rebounded. For Austen and our breaststrokers to come in and do what they did was really special.”
Arizona will compete in the final day of the meet on Saturday, with preliminaries beginning at 11 a.m. and finals at 7 p.m. Events will include the 1650 free, 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly, 400 free relay and platform diving.
ESPN3 will stream the championship finals session on Saturday. Coverage of the finals sessions Friday and Saturday will also be broadcast on ESPNU at 12:30 p.m. Eastern time, Sunday, April 1.
In addition, all preliminary and finals sessions will be streamed live on www.goseattleu.com.
For complete results and continued coverage of Arizona Men’s Swimming, visit ArizonaWildcats.com or follow @ArizonaSwimming on Twitter.
200 Medley Relay
1. Friedemann, Cordes, Smith, Small – 1:23.53
1. Austen Thompson – 3:39.15
2. Giles Smith – 45.63
12. Woody Joye – 46.60
1. Kevin Cordes – 51.71
4. Carl Mickelson – 52.18
16. Kevin Munsch – 53.98
6. Mitchell Friedemann – 46.18
9. Ben Grado – 433.55
800 Free Relay
6. Joye, Chitwood, Barber, Owen – 6:21.98
TEAM STANDINGS AFTER DAY TWO
- California – 379.5
- Texas – 343.5
- 3. ARIZONA – 283
- Stanford - 277