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Lyndon Ferns Biography
By: Arizona Athletics
Release: September 29, 2005
Photo Courtesy: Arizona Athletics
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2004-05 Season: Seven-time first team All-American... Responsible for five top-five season best times and three top-three all time best performances ... At the NCAA Championships, finished third in the 100 freestyle (42.34), which was also a new school record... Was third in the 100 butterfly (46.33) and fourth in the 50 freestyle (19.30)... Also contributed to four of the five top-three relays at the national championships... At the Pac-10 Championships, finished second in the 100 butterfly (46.30)... Won the 50 freestyle against ASU (20.22) and swam the first leg of the first-place 200 free relay... Against SMU and Texas won the in the 100 freestyle (43.87)... Also won the 50 freestyle (20.02) and the 100 butterfly while finishing second in the 200 freestyle (1:37.73)... Posted the only first-place finishes in the meet against Stanford, dominating the 50 freestyle (20.08) and the 100 freestyle (44.27)... Against Cal, won both the 50 freestyle (20.18) and the 100 freestyle (44.29)... Won the 200 freestyle (1:38.68) and the 100 butterfly (48.41) against Northwestern and Washington... Also, took second place in the 50 freestyle (20.13) as well as the 100 freestyle (44.63)... Finished first in the 100 freestyle (45.12) against British Colombia... At the Texas Invitational, Won the 100 butterfly (46.04) as well as the 200 freestyle while finishing second in the 50 freestyle (19.52)... Against USC, won the 100 freestyle (43.59) and the 50 freestyle (20.05)... Also was second in the 200 freestyle (1:36.93)... Against Wisconsin, took first place in two events including the 50 freestyle (20.28) and the 100 butterfly (48.10).


2003-04 Season: First team All-American in the 200 and 800-meter  free relay, the 50 and 100 freestyle, and the 100 fly...Finished sixth in the 50-meter freestyle (21.73) at the 2004 NCAA Championships...Was second in the 50 free (19.62) at the 2004 Pac-10 Championships...Swam the first leg of the second- place 400 free relay... Finished fourth in the 100 freestyle...Conquered the freestyle events against ASU as he won the 200-meter (1:49.73), the 50-meter (22:49) and the 100-meter (49.59) freestyle races...Won the 200 freestyle (1:39.22) against Texas along with the 50 freestyle...Posted two first-place victories in the 50 freestyle (20.17) and the 100 freestyle (44.20) against Stanford...Finished second in the 200 butterfly against Purdue and Missouri (1:53.68)... Broke two records at the 2003 Texas Invitational: first in the 100 freestyle (42.40)...  Won the 100-meter freestyle (48.99), which broke the South African record held by former Wildcat Ryk Neesling...Also at the Texas Invitational, won the 50-meter freestyle (22.32) and the 100-meter butterfly (46.71) ...Against USC, won both the 50-meter (LC) freestyle (23.36) as well as the 100 freestyle (51.20)... Led the Wildcats to a victory over Wisconsin by winning three events: the 200 freestyle, 50 freestyle, and 100 freestyle.


2002-03 Season:  Earned All-America honors in five different events... At 2003 NCAA Championships, was 11th in the 100 freestyle (43.68) and 14th in the 50 free (19.99)... Was also part of the third-place 400 free relay, fourth-place 200 free relay and the 10th-place 800 free relay... At 2003 Pac-10 Championships, finished seventh in the 100 free (44.05), 10th in the 100 fly (48.00) and 16th in the 50 free... Also helped the 400 free relay to a third-place finish at Pac-10s... Garnered seven top-five finishes during the season’s dual meet action... Won both the 50 and 100 free against Arizona State... Was first in the 50 free and second in the 200 free against California... Took first place in the 50 free, 100 free and 100 fly against Stanford.


National & International Competition ?- 2004- Competed in the Olympic games for South Africa where he was part of the gold medal 400 free relay team (3:13.17) along with Univrsity of Arizona alumni Ryk Neethling and Roland Schoeman... 2003:  Member of the South Africa National Team... Part of a 400m free relay that set a new African record... 2002:  Member of the South Africa National Team... Finished seventh in the 100m fly at the World Cup in Sweden... Was second at the Commonwealth Games... Member of a 400m free relay that finished eighth at the World Championships while setting a new African record... African senior champion in the 100m free and was third in the 100m fly.


Prep: Graduate of Pietersburg High School in Pietersburg, South Africa... Two-year team captain... Team MVP from 1997-2001... Set school records in six different events... Set a national record in the 100m fly (55.05)... Also participated in rugby and track and field... Was the rugby team captain in 1997 and 2000... Competed for the Pietersburg Swimming Club... Club team captain from 1999-2002... Team Swimmer of the Year from 1995-2002... 2002 national champion in the 100m fly...2002 Africa senior champion in the 100m free.


Personal: Born Lyndon Ferns on Sept. 24, 1983, in Pietersburg, South Africa... Son of Frank and Linda Hislop... Has an older brother, Gordon, and a twin sister, Liezel... Majoring in business with an interest in becoming an accountant.


Personal Bests:

50 free - 19.22

100 free - 42.34

100 fly - 46.04



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