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Arizona Qualifies Seven for Final Day of NCAA Championships
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: March 25, 2006
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Atlanta, Ga. ?- The sixth-ranked Arizona men’s swimming and diving team completed the final session of preliminary action at the NCAA Championships today, qualifying seven swimmers to compete in five events at tonight’s finals beginning at 7 p.m. (EST) at the Georgia Tech Aquatic Center.


            Sophomore Nick Thoman started out the day by breaking his own school record in the 200 backstroke with a time of 1:42.20, placing him in the championship finals of the event.


            Three Wildcats qualified for the finals of the 100 freestyle, as senior Simon Burnett, the 200 freestyle champion, posted a No. 1 seed , while setting a pool record with a time of 42.39. Senior Lyndon Ferns finished fifth overall with a time of 42.89 as sophomore Adam Ritter finished 14th with a time of 43.31.


            Sophomore Ivan Barnes qualified for the championship finals of the 200 breaststroke, finishing fourth overall with a time of 1:56.07.


            Concluding preliminary competition was the 400 free relay composed of Burnett, Ferns, freshman Nicolas Nilo and Ritter finished first overall with a new pool record-setting time of 2:52.24.


Day 3 Qualifiers:

200 Back: Thoman

100 Free: Burnett, Ferns, Ritter (consolation)

200 Breast: Barnes

1650 Free: Tyler DeBerry [Timed Finals (5 p.m. EST)]

400 Free Relay: Burnett, Ferns, Nilo, Ritter


Total Records Broken at the Meet After Day 3 Prelims:

100 Breast                        Dave Rollins                        52.68 (school)

100 Back                        Albert Subirats                        46.62(school)

200 Back                        Nick Thoman                        1:42.20 (school)

100 Fly                        Lyndon Ferns                        45.89(school & pool) *

200 Free                        Simon Burnett                        1:31.20(NCAA, U.S. Open, school & pool)*

100 Free                        Simon Burnett                        42.39 (pool)

200 IM                        Adam Ritter                        1:44.15(school)

200 free relay                                        Burnett, Ferns, Subirats, Ritter                                1:16.54(school)

400 medley relay                                Thoman, Barnes, Subirats, Ritter                                3:06.08(school/pool)*

200 medley relay                                Subirats, Rollins, Ferns, Burnett                                1:23.88(NCAA, U.S. Open, school, pool)*

800 free relay                                Burnett, Ferns, DeBerry, Ritter                                6:16.67 (Pool/ school)*

400 free relay                                Burnett, Ferns, Nilo, Ritter                                2:52.24 (pool)


* - Indicates National Champion





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