March 2, 2012
LOS ANGELES -
Arizona junior Carl Mickelson (Chandler, Ariz.) and senior Adam Small (Tempe, Ariz.) showed the strength of Arizona’s No. 1-ranked swimming team on the third night of the Pac-12 Championships on Friday.
Mickelson was Arizona’s first swimmer to earn a Pac-12 Championship as he recorded a time of 52.74 in the 100 breast.
Small put a positive cap on the morning with his time-trial swim in the 50 free. He posted a 19.34, an NCAA “A” cut and gave the Wildcats a crucial piece to the team’s scoring at the impending NCAA Championships.
“For Carl to do what he did at this level of preparation puts him in the conversation for a national title or two,” Arizona head coach Eric Hansen said. “And Adam’s 19.3 speed speaks for itself. I expect great things from him and he is a guy we are going to lean on tremendously.”
Arizona had plenty of other notable finishes on the day, as sophomores Woody Joye (Coosada, Ala.) and Giles Smith (Baltimore, Md.) earned third and fourth-place finishes in the 100 fly, freshman Kevin Cordes (Naperville, Ill.) finished fourth in the 100 breast and sophomore Mitchell Friedemann (Allenton, Wis.) finished fourth in the 100 back.
In addition, UA’s 200 medley relay team behind Friedemann, Mickelson, Smith and senior Kelley Wyman (Ft. Pierce, Fla.) earned a third-place finish.
“Today was another step forward,” Hansen said. “We ended with a relay that I can’t wait to see swim at NCAAs with four prepared athletes. All in all, today was a success and a step in the right direction for where we want to be in Seattle.”
The Wildcats will be back in action for the final day of the meet on Saturday, March 3. Events will include the 200 back, 100 free, 200 breast, 200 fly and 400 free relay. Prelims will begin at 11 a.m. PT and finals at 6 p.m. PT.
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8. Sam Rowan – 3:52.95
9. Austen Thompson – 3:51.02
3. Woody Joye – 46.84
4. Giles Smith – 46.90
16. Nick Popov – 49.40
12. Pete Stacy – 1:36.69
19. Matt Barber – 1:38.30
20. Cameron Owen – 1:39.25
1. Carl Mickelson – 52.74
4. Kevin Cordes – 53.32
9. Kelley Wyman – 54.10
11. Tommy Gutman – 55.62
15. Kevin Munsch – 55.82
4. Mitchell Friedemann – 47.32
6. Cory Chitwood – 47.59
17. Nick Hadinger – 48.57
400 Medley Relay
3. Arizona – Friedemann, Mickelson, Smith, Wyman – 3:09.47