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Men Swim and Dive Finish Fourth at Pac-10 Championships
Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
Release: 03/06/2005
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Long Beach, Calif. - The No. 8 men’s swimming and diving team completed the 2005 Pac-10 Championships this evening in fourth place with 450 points.

 

            “The men swam great here, it is the fastest meet that I have seen in the last 16 years,” said head swimming coach Frank Busch. “We had a lot of great performances and the 11 men that competed swam as well as ever at this meet.”

 

            Beginning the action for the Wildcats was junior Tyler DeBerry who finished fourth in the 1650-yard freestyle with a time of 15:15.39. In the 200-yard backstroke, freshman Nick Thoman finished seventh (1:46.43) and sophomore Nate Rothman was ninth (1:47.02).

 

            Junior Lyndon Ferns took fourth place in the 100-yard freestyle with a time of 43.06 and freshman Gerhard Zandberg finished 10th (44.39). Junior Dave Rollins finished ninth in the 200-yard breaststroke (2:0016).

 

            For the final event of the championships, the 400-yard free relay composed of Ferns, junior Simon Burnett, Zandberg and sophomore Adam Ritter finished second with an NCAA automatic qualifying time of 2:52.85, qualifying Zandberg to join his teammates at the NCAA Championships in the 400-yard free relay and the 400-yard medley relay, which he swam Friday night.

 

            “Ferns was awesome in all of his races,” said Busch. “Burnett did great and Rollins’ races were special, I’m very pleased with everybody’s performances.”

 

            The diving teams will travel to Oklahoma City, Okla. on March 10-12 to compete at the Zone ?'E’ Diving Championships, which will qualify them to compete at the NCAA Championships.

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