FEDERAL WAY, Wash.--The Arizona men's swimming team heads into Day 2 finals of the NCAA Championships Friday night with plenty of potential points in the pool as it tries to maintain its Thursday lead over Texas and California.
The Cats qualified second in the 200 medley relay and will swim a total of 13 individuals in five other events tonight. Also, the UA will have an entry in the timed final of the 800 free relay, the final event.
UA was particularly strong in the 200 freestyle, with three in the championship final tonight -- Jean Basson, Darian Townsend and Nicolas Nilo -- and?Joel Greenshields in the consolation final. ?UA also will have three swimmer in the 100 backstroke and 100 breaststroke, with two each in the championship final and one in the consolations.
"I cannot complain about how the men swam this morning," head coach Frank Busch said. "We had outstanding swims from the entire team and hopefully we can use this morning as a springboard into tonight's finals."
The events and qualification finish, and times, for UA in this mornings prelims:
--200 medley relay: 2) Albert Subirats, Ivan Barnes, Darien Townsend, Ryan Richardson. 1:24.10
--400 IM: 2) Jack Brown 3:43.69; 7) Cory Chitwood 3:45.46
--100 Butterfly: 3) Albert Subirats 45.93
--100 Breaststroke: 4) Marcus Titus 52.98; 8) Bart Steninger 53.25; 10) Ivan Barnes 53.36
--200 Freestyle: 3) Jean Basson 1:33.50, 4) Darian Townsend 1:33.51; 8) Nicolas Nilo 1:33.69; 11) Joel Greenshields 1:34.89
--100 Backstroke: 4) Albert Subirats 46.78; 6) Jake Tapp 46.84; 12) Cory Chitwood 47.26
--800 Freestyle Relay (time final): UA will likely swim Jean Basson, Dariend Townsend, Nicolas Nilo, Ryan Richardson or Jordan Smith.
Other Arizona swimmers who competed this morning included diver Ben Grado in the 3-meter competition (still under way), Andrew Callahan in the 400 IM, Jordan Smith in the 200 free, and Bryan O'Connor in the 100 back.