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NCAAs Day 2 Finals
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/28/2008
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Day 2 Finals Results?

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????????????FEDERAL WAY, Wash. ?C?Arizonaˇ?s Albert Subirats won an individual national championship in the 100 fly, took second in the 100 back and helped take home a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay, as the UA menˇ?s swimming and diving team extended its first-place lead on the second day of the NCAA Championships at the King County Aquatic Center outside of Seattle on Friday.

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The Wildcatsˇ? 376 points leads second-place Texasˇ? 285 and third-place Calˇ?s 231 with one final day of events scheduled for Saturday.

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"It was a real team effort tonight,ˇ± said head coach Frank Busch. ˇ?It culminated with the men in the 800 free relay. When they are asked to swim on a relay they really know how to 'relay up.' That's when I know we (as a coaching staff) have done something right when the individual stands up and swims for the team."

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????????????Subirats took home the 100 fly title in a time of 45.07, coming up just shy of his NCAA record mark of 44.57 but finishing nearly a full second faster than his preliminary time of 45.93 from earlier in the day.

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????????????The senior added to his outstanding day with a second-place finish and 17 points scored in the 100 back, touching in a time of 45.40. Teammate Jake Tapp finished just a little over a second later in the championship final (46.44), good enough for a fourth-place, while Cory Chitwood added a 12th?place finish in the consolation heat.

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????????????UA opened the second day finals with a second-place finish in the 200 medley relay. The team of Subirats, Marcus Titus, Darian Townsend and Jordan Smith completed the event in a time of 1:24.08 finishing behind only Auburnˇ?s American record swim of 1:23.24. The quartetˇ?s effort handed the Wildcats 34 points to raise the team total to 171 after the first event.

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????????????Arizona came up big in the 200 free, placing three swimmers in the top eight of the championship heat and scoring another in the consolation finals. Townsend added to the point total with a second-place finish in the event, touching in a time of 1:32.85. He was followed by teammates Jean Basson (1:33.37) and Nicolas Nilo (1:35.17) in fourth and eighth place in the first heat, and Joel Greenshieldsˇ? third-place finish in the consolation finals (11th?overall).

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????????????Titus continued the scoring for Arizona, tying for second in the 100 breast in a time of 52.61 for 16.5 points and was followed by teammate Bart Steninger in seventh place (53.28) and Ivan Barnes in 11th?place overall (third in the consolation finals).

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????????????UAˇ?s Jack Brown and Chitwood chipped in with sixth- and seventh-place finishes in the 400 IM, respectively. Brown scored 13 points with a time of 3:45.05 followed closely by Chitwoodˇ?s 12-point swim of 3:46.08.

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????????????The Wildcats wrapped up the second day of competition with a national championship meet record swim in the 800 free reley. The team of Basson, Townsend Greenshields and Nilo smashed the previous meet record of 6:14.14 with a championship time of 6:12.85.

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????????????With a 91-point lead, the Wildcat men have positioned the Arizona program?for a sweep at the NCAAs, following the womenˇ?s title run last weekend at Ohio State. Preliminaries for the final day of events on Saturday begin at 11 a.m. PDT/MST.

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