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Wildcats Take Fourth At NCAA Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/26/2011
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March 26, 2011

Results

MINNEAPOLIS - In head coach Frank Busch's final meet with the University of Arizona swimming and diving program, his swimmers placed fourth overall with 302 points at the men's NCAA Championships in Minneapolis at the University Aquatic Center. California won its first team NCAA title on the men's side since 1980 with 493 points. Texas was second with 470.5 points followed by Stanford in third with 403.

The fourth-place finish is the Arizona men's team's 14th consecutive year placing among the top 10 and its seventh top-four finish in the last eight seasons.  Announced in February, Busch will leave Arizona to take over as the National Team Director for USA Swimming effective May 2nd.

The race for fourth place came right down to the final event between Arizona and Florida with the Gators leading by three points heading into the 400 freestyle relay.

Florida, who qualified for the consolation final in the final relay, took second in that heat.  The Wildcats, having qualified for the championship final during the morning preliminary session, claimed fifth overall to earn 28 points and overtake the Gators for fourth place in the final point standings.

Cory Chitwood got the night started with some theatrics for the Wildcats when he successfully defended his NCAA championship in the 200 backstroke by swimming a sensational race and posted a time of 1:38.84. 

Chitwood, the men's team captain, out-touched Indiana's Eric Ress by eight hundredths of a second in the closest finish in the 200 back event.  Additionally, Chitwood's individual championship preserved a now 21-year streak in which Frank Busch has coached a NCAA titlist. 

Also in the 200 backstroke, Michael Sheppard placed seventh overall in the race in 1:42.29 to give UA two All-Americans in the event. 

In the consolation final of the 100 freestyle, Adam Small improved upon his morning time of 42.98 to race to a 42.74 and take third place in the heat.

The 200 breaststroke consolation final was filled with Wildcats as Austen Thompson, Carl Mickelson and Kevin Munsch placed fourth, fifth and eighth, respectively to earn 10 points for Arizona.

Up next was the 200 butterfly consolation final with Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and A.J. Tipton placing second and fourth with times of 1:43.96 and 1:44.01 to garner another 12 points for the Wildcats.

In the relay, the Arizona quartet of Shapira Bar-Or, Small, Mitchell Friedemann and Cameron Owen placed 5th overall in a time of 2:50.83 with Shapira Bar-Or splitting a 42.37 to lead the team.

Chitwood repeats as the NCAA Champion in the 200 backstroke


                      Men - Team Rankings - Through Event 21                     
 
1. California - 493 
2. Texas - 470.5
3. Stanford - 403  
4. Arizona - 302
5. Florida - 291  
6. Auburn - 269.5
7. USC - 206  
8. Virginia - 200
9. Michigan - 181 
10. Georgia - 125.5
11. Ohio St. - 115 
12. Tennessee - 106.5
13. Texas A&M - 99.5 
14. North Carolina - 97
15. Minnesota - 91 


Recent NCAA History for Arizona
2011 - 4th
2010 - 3rd
2009 - 6th
2008 - 1st
2007 - 3rd
2006 - 2nd
2005 - 3rd
2004 - 4th


Finals Night Three Results
200 Backstroke Championship
NCAA Champion - Cory Chitwood - 1:38.84 - 20 points
7. Michael Sheppard - 1:42.29 - 12 points

100 Freestyle Consolation
3. Adam Small - 42.74 - 6 points

200 Breaststroke Consolation
4. Austen Thompson - 1:55.24 - 5 points
5. Carl Mickelson - 1:55.59 - 4 points
8. Kevin Munsch - 1:55.95 - 1 point

200 Butterfly Consolation
2. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - 1:43.96 - 7 points
4. A.J. Tipton - 1:44.01 - 5 points


Preliminary Day Three Results
200 Backstroke
3. Cory Chitwood - 1:40.67
6. Michael Sheppard - 1:41.66
18. Ivan Tolic - 1:43.12
24. Ellis Miller - 1:43.89

100 Freestyle
14. Adam Small - 42.98
18. Mitchell Friedemann - 43.15
28. Kelley Wyman - 43.53
34. Cameron Owen - 43.64

200 Breaststroke
11. Carl Mickelson - 1:54.85
12. Austen Thompson - 1:55.20
16. Kevin Munsch - 1:55.32

200 Butterfly
13. Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or - 1:44.04
16. A.J. Tipton - 1:44.44
28. Matt Barber - 1:46.98

400 Freestyle Relay
7. M. Friedemann, N. Shapira Bar-Or, Cameron Owen, Tommy Gutman - 2:51.80

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