March 8, 2003
LONG BEACH, Calif. - Despite NCAA qualifying performances from freshman Simon Burnett and junior transfer Luis Rojas, the University of Arizona men's swimmers stayed in fifth place at the 2003 Pac-10 Championships with 217 points. Top ranked Stanford continues to lead with 604 pts, followed by California (488 pts), then USC (419 pts) and Arizona State (217 pts) rounds out the top five.
During Friday's competition several Pac-10 meet records were broken during the action from the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool.
For Arizona, Burnett dictated the pace for his squad with his performance in the 200y free. He finished third when he touched the wall in 1:36.14, which was also good enough for an NCAA "A" qualifying standard.
In other action, Rojas hinted in his Pac-10 debut of his immense talent with his impressive effort in the 100y fly. He secured his place at the NCAA Championships later in March when he swam the race in 47.34, a third place finish.
Other notables for the Wildcats included junior Nate Stevens clocking an NCAA "B" consideration time in the 100y back (58.45). Junior Greg Owen also placed 12th in the 100y back when he finished in 55.97.
Elsewhere on Friday, Stanford's squad showed why they are ranked No. 1, as they logged nine NCAA "A" times. USC's Erik Vendt set a meet record in the 400y IM, among other records throughout competition.
Arizona concludes the 2003 Pac-10 Championships from Long Beach, Calif. on Saturday with preliminaries at 11 am, finals follow at 6 pm.