Dec. 4, 2010
AUSTIN, Texas – On the second day of schedule events at the Texas Hall of Fame Invitational in Austin, Arizona swimming recorded four NCAA automatic berths as well as several other top times in the country.
On the men’s side, UA was disqualified in finals of the 200 medley relay after breaststroker Kelly Wyman left early, but Arizona was able to swim a time trial of the event and post an NCAA automatic time of 1:25.65. The foursome of Mitchell Friedemann, Carl Mickelson, A.J. Tipton and Adam Small comprised the medley relay lineup.
Alyssa Anderson, swimming in the 400 I.M. achieved an NCAA consideration time of 4:12.89 in preliminary events and did not swim in finals. For the men in the event, Austen Thompson won the final heat with a consideration time of 3:45.28, by far the fastest collegiate time this season.
Anderson took the women’s 200 freestyle final with a time of 1:44.86. She was joined by Geer (third place, 1:45.78), Monica Drake (1:46.47) and Denninghoff (eighth place, 1:48.02) in the final heat.
Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or finished second in the 200 freestyle for the men behind Olympian Ricky Berens. Shapira Bar-Or fielded the fastest collegiate time in the event so far this season with an automatic cut time of 1:33.50.
Ellyn Baumgardner also aced an NCAA automatic time by way of the 100 breaststroke after placing second in 59.58. Last season Baumgardner finished third at NCAA’s behind UA’s Annie Chandler who won the individual national title with a record time of 58.06.
Freshmen Aubrey Peacock and Denninghoff placed third and fourth, respectively in the 100 backstroke with consideration times of 53.23 and 53.73. For the men, Cory Chitwood fielded the fastest time in the country with a 46.56. He was joined by freshman Mitchell Friedemann who went 46.82 in the final for second place.
Tomorrow, Arizona concludes its racing in the Texas Invitational.