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Men?s Swim and Dive Finish Fourth at Pac-10 Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 05, 2006
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            Federal Way, Wash. ?- The No .6 Arizona men’s swimming and diving team completed the final day of the 2006 Pac-10 Championships Saturday, finishing fourth with 519 points, while posting a total of two individual champions, one relay title, two conference meet records and two new school records.


            The men also tallied a total of 11 NCAA automatic qualifying times and 20 consideration times throughout four days of competition.


           “The men swam great,” head swimming coach Frank Busch said. “I think everyone was working really hard and our relays swam fantastic as well. We won our first relay title in school history at this meet, which makes me really proud and excited for the next few weeks.”


            Tonight’s action began with the 1650 freestyle as freshman David Pursley finished seventh (15:13.01), sophomore Matt Biel finished 10th (15:17.99) and senior Tyler DeBerry finished 15th (15:37.59).


            Sophomore Nick Thoman finished second in the 200 backstroke with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 1:42.71, while junior Nate Rothman finished 11th (1:48.63) and junior Denton Taylor was 14th (1:49.15).


            Senior Simon Burnett finished second (43.00) and classmate Lyndon Ferns placed third (43.23) in the 100 freestyle, both posting NCAA automatic qualifying times. Junior Adam Ritter also qualified for the championship finals of the race, finishing fifth (43.60), as freshmen Nicolas Nilo and Matt Barnard finished 14th and 16th.


            In the 200 breaststroke, freshman Josh Arreguin finished 14th (2:03.12) and sophomore Bob Stinson finished 16th.


            For the final event of the championships, the 400 free relay comprised of Burnett, Ferns, Nilo and Ritter finished second with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:51.73.


             “The men are going to get some much needed rest for the next couple of weeks,” said Busch. “Everyone is really pleased with the turnout of this meet and the guys are excited about the NCAA Championships. I think we are going to see some great things happen there.”


            The Wildcats will resume competition on March 9-11 when the men’s and women’s diving teams travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. for the 2006 NCAA Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships.


Men  Final Team Rankings 
1. Stanford Univ.                        880   
2. California                               796
3. Univ. of Southern California  530   
4. Univ. of Arizona                     519
5. Arizona State Univ.                352   
6. University of Washington       188
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