Greg Byrne's Wildcat Wednesday
Texas Arizona Men Weekly
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: January 30, 2008
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This Week in the Pool ?C The No. 3-ranked Arizona menˇ?s swimming and diving team is set to take on the No. 1-ranked Texas Longhorns in Tucson, Ariz., this weekend. The meet will be a two-day event. The first day of the meet will begin on Friday, Feb. 1 at 2 p.m. The meet will conclude on Saturday, Feb. 2 at 10 a.m. The two teams will compete at the Hillenbrand Aquatic Center in Tucson, Ariz. on both days.
Arizona In The Rankings ?C The Arizona menˇ?s swimming team is currently ranked third in the nation and posts an overall 7-0 (4-0, Pac-10) record.
History Between Texas and Arizona ?C On Jan. 20, 2007 the Arizona menˇ?s team was defeated by the Longhorns of Texas by a score of 188-165. At the time, Texas was ranked No.1 in the nation while the Wildcats were ranked No. 5. Last yearˇ?s meet was in Austin, Texas.
Earlier this year at the Texas Invitational, Arizona and Texas competed against one another. The event took place on Nov. 29 and ran through Dec. 1, 2007.? Texas captured the meet with 704 points, while Arizona finished in second with 610.50 points. In the teamˇ?s last dual meet in Tucson, Ariz. The Cats were victorious with a win over Texas, 195-155. The meet took place on Jan. 27-28, 2006.
A Look at the Opponents ?C The Texas Longhorns are currently ranked No. 1 in the nation. They post an overall 6-0 record. Texas returns 10 All-Americans from the 2007 squad that placed fifth at the NCAA Championship. The Longhorns opened up the new year with two big wins. They defeated No. 8 Auburn, 129.5-113.5, on Jan. 10. On Jan. 12 they knocked off No. 9 Georgia, 157-135.

Last Time in the Pool ?CJan. 25 At Cal - The third-ranked Arizona menˇ?s swimming team knocked off No. 11 California on Jan. 25, 182-118 in Berkeley, Calif. The win improved Arizonaˇ?s record to 6-0 (3-0, Pac-10). The loss dropped Californiaˇ?s record to 2-1 (1-1, Pac-10).
In the 1000 yard free, senior Matt Biel swam a time of 9:07.11 which was good enough for a first place finish. Arizonaˇ?s Jean Basson (9:15.74) and Jack Brown (9:17.33) came in second and third place, respectively.

Senior Darian Townsendˇ?s time of 1:36.29 was fast enough for a first place finish in the 200 yard free. Nicolas Nilo finished in second (1:37.94) while Calˇ?s Louis Vayo came in third (1:39.06).

The Wildcatˇ?s continued their dominance over the Golden Bears when Albert Subirats (47.14) finished first in the 100 yard backstroke. Subirats was followed by Jake Tapp (49.19) and Bryan Oˇ?Connor (49.51).

Cal won their first event of the day when Damir Dugonjic finished in first place in the 100 yard breaststroke. Dugonjicˇ?s first place time was 55.29. UAˇ?s Joshua Arreguin came in third place (55.64).

UAˇ?s Cory Chitwood got the Cats back on the winning track when he finished in first place in the 200 yard butterfly (1:47.48). In the 100 yard free Townsend (43.87) beat teammate Nilo (43.92) by a split second. Calˇ?s Joe Whittington finished in third place (44.78).

Chitwood continued his day by winning his second event of the day when he finished in first place in the 200 yard backstroke (1:44.63). Arizonaˇ?s Basson came in first place in the 500 yard free (4:26.70). The next event of the day was the 100 yard butterfly and Subiratsˇ? time of 46.48 was fast enough for a first place finish.

In the final event of the day, Arizonaˇ?s team of Subirats, Nilo, Jordan Smith and Joel Greenshields came in first place in the 400 yard free relay. The teamˇ?s time was 2:58.06.
At the diving well, Arizonaˇ?s Ben Grado finished in first place in the 3 meter dive with a score of 370.12. Matt Bisordi (312.52) came in fourth place. In the 1 meter dive, Grado came in first (321.53) while teammate Bisordi (308.99) came in third.
Jan. 26 At Stanford - The No. 3 ranked Arizona menˇ?s team knocked off No. 2 Stanford in Palo Alto, Calif. on Jan. 26. The score of the meet was 184-114. The win improved the Cats record to 6-0 (3-0, Pac-10) while the loss droped the Stanfordˇ?s record to 3-1 (1-1, Pac-10).
Starting off the meet on a good note with a victory in the 200 yard medley relay was the team of Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, Darian Townsend and Jordan Smith when they swam a time of 1:27.73.

Arizona kept the wins coming when Matt Bielˇ?s time of 9:08.43 was fast enough for the first place finish in the 1000 yard free. Jean Basson came in second (9:14.10).
In the 200 yard free, Nicolas Nilo finished in first place (1:36.88) while teammate Townsend came in second (1:36.89).
Subirats continued his first place finishes with wins in the 100 yard backstroke (47.48), the 50 yard free (20.19) and the 100 yard butterfly (46.69). Arreguin came in first place in the 100 yard breaststroke with a time of 55.46.

Freshman Cory Chitwoodˇ?s time of 1:45.23 was fast enough for a first place finish in the 200 yard backstroke. Teammate Bryan Oˇ?Connorˇ?s time of 1:46.51 was good for a second place finish.

In the 500 yard free Bassonˇ?s time of 4:25.91 was good for a first place finish. Biel finished in second (4:28.99).

Arizona finished off the meet with a victory in the 400 yard free relay. The team of Smith, Nilo, Townsend and Joel Greenshields swam a time of 2:57.12.

In the diving well, Arizonaˇ?s Ben Grado finished in first (330.38) while Matt Bisordi came in second (303.00) in the 1 meter dive. In the 3 meter dive Bisordi finished in first (352.88).
Arizonaˇ?s Next Action ?C Arizonaˇ?s menˇ?s and womenˇ?s teams will head up to Tempe, Ariz. to face in-state rival, Arizona State on Saturday, Feb. 16. The meet will start at 1 p.m.
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