March 6, 2009
LONG BEACH, Calif. - In day three of the Men's Pac-10 Championships at the Belmont Plaza Olympic Pool, the Arizona men showed heart against several better rested opponents as they placed in the top-three in four of the six events held.
Leading off tonight's finals, Jack Brown won the 400 individual medley with a time of 3:43.22. His mark established a new Arizona record, breaking Chad Carvin's time of 3:43.55 set in 1995. Carvin's 400 IM mark was Arizona's second oldest standing men's record.
"All year our focus has been on winning, so tonight I pushed myself to touch the wall first," said Brown. "After winning this tonight, it really gives me a lot of confidence before NCAA's. By no means was this a pretty race; it hurt a lot. I have a lot of things I could have done better, but it will help me tremendously."
In the 200 freestyle, Jean Basson just missed out on another Pac-10 title as Cal's Nathan Adrian pulled away from the South African just over the last 50 yards to squeak out the win. Basson posted a time of 1:33.77, five tenths off his personal best this season.
Marcus Titus, competing in the 100 breaststroke, placed sixth with a 52.92. Titus shaved two hundredths of a second off his UA record time during prelims earlier in the day, lowering the mark to 52.59.
"I thought our effort was great tonight, said head coach Frank Busch. "I'm really proud of how hard these kids are pushing this week."
To end tonight's events, Cal won the 400 medley relay with an NCAA record time of 3:03.30. The Arizona medley relay team of Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus, AJ Tipton, and Joel Greenshields placed third with a time of 3:07.15
Arizona currently sits in third place with 421 points heading into the final day of events tomorrow.