March 3, 2013
FEDERAL WAY, Wash. – The Arizona men’s swim team kicked off the Pac-12 Championships with a pair of solid relay performances at the Weyerhaeuser King County Aquatic Center on Sunday night.
The Wildcats opened the night with a third place showing in the final of the 200 medley relay. Mitchell Friedemann (21.44), Giles Smith (20.24) and Nick Popov (19.50) clocked in with a time of 1:24.83. The time was faster than their previous best of the year by exactly .01 second, which they recorded on November 29 at the AT&T Winter Nationals. It also ranks as the fourth fastest nationally. The Wildcats finished just behind Stanford (1:24.48) and Cal, which won the event in 1:24.42.
Meanwhile, the Cats also put up a strong showing in the consolation final as the “B” team, comprised of Matt Hurko, Kevin Cordes, Brian Stevens and Jeff Amlee took first with a time of 1:26.54.
Arizona closed out the night with a fourth place finish in the 800 free relay as Kelly Moodie, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or, Matt Barber and Woody Joye finished with a time of 6:22.88. USC (6:16.88) took first followed by Cal (6:18.83) and Stanford (6:22.32).
The Wildcats currently sit in fourth place in the team standings with 62 points. Cal leads the way with 74 points followed by USC with 70 points and Stanford with 66. UC Santa Barbara (54), Utah (52), Arizona State (50) and Cal Poly (44) round out the team standings after the opening night of competition.
Monday’s action will get underway at 11 a.m. (PT) with the prelims of the 500 free, 200 IM and 50 free. The finals will begin at 6 p.m. with those events in addition to the 200 free relay.
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