This Week in the Pool ?C The No. 5 Arizona menˇ?s swim team is set to compete at the 2007 NCAA Championships on March 15-17 at the University Aquatic Center in Minneapolis, Minn. Preliminary action will start at 12 p.m. (CST) and finals will begin at 7 p.m. each day.
?A Look at the Wildcats ?C The Wildcats will feature 11 swimmers at this yearˇ?s national championships, including three returning first team All-Americans, while featuring one senior, four juniors, one sophomore and five freshmen.
The men are currently ranked No. 5 in the nation with a 6-3 (2-2 Pac-10) record, posting losses to No. 1 Texas, No. 2 Stanford and No.7 USC. The Wildcats posted a third place finish at the 2007 Pac-10 Championships with 625 points, while capturing one individual and one relay title.
Senior Adam Ritter, who is the Pac-10 Champion in the 200 IM, returns to the national championships four the fourth and final time in his collegiate career. Ritter was part of three first-place relays at the 2006 NCAA Championships and is a nine-time All-American.
Junior Albert Subirats is also a returning NCAA champion in three relay events and was a six-time first team All-American in 2006.? The Valencia, Venezuela native is currently ranked No.1 in the nation in the100 fly (45.06).
Junior Ivan Barnes returns to the meet for a third consecutive time, as he was part of the 400 medley relay NCAA championship team in 2006. Classmate Darian Townsend makes his first appearance at the championships as a Wildcat (third overall), while sophomore Nicolas Nilo, who is the only returnee from his class, finished third in the 100 free (43.07) and the 200 free (1:34.78) at the Pac-10 Championships.
Whoˇ?s qualified for NCAAs -
Jr. Ivan Barnes*, So. Nicolas Nilo*, Sr. Adam Ritter*, Jr. Bart Steninger, Jr. Albert Subirats*, Fr. Jean Basson, Fr. Jack Brown, Fr. Joel Greenshileds, Fr. Jordan Smith, Jr. Darian Townsend*, Fr. Jake Tapp.
* - Indicates athlete is a returning NCAA competitor.
A look at the competition: The Wildcats will have their work cut out for them this week, taking on the best teams in the nation. The top-teams to defeat are the defending national champions and third-ranked Auburn, which is looking for its fifth consecutive team title. Second-ranked Stanford qualified 15 swimmers for this yearˇ?s competition, as the Cardinal recently captured their 26th conference victory on February 24, with six individual champions and four relay titles. Top-ranked Texas will be competing for their 10th NCAA title in school history, as 13 swimmers and two divers represent the 2007 Big 12 champions at this weekˇ?s meet.
What Happened Last Year ?C The men placed second with 440.5 points at the 2006 NCAA Championships, only 40 points behind four-time national champions Auburn.
Nine Wildcats tallied four out of five relay titles, two individual crowns and 20 new records to post the highest finish at the meet for the men in school history. Head swimming coach Frank Busch was also named NCAA Head Coach of the Year for the second year in row.
Menˇ?s NCAA Championships History ?C Since 1998, the Arizona men have finished in the top ten at the NCAA Championships. While the Wildcats have never taken a national team crown, there have been a total of 23 individual and five relay national titles.
Past NCAA Championships:
Year Place Points National Champions, event(s)
2006 2nd440.5 Lyndon Ferns, 100 fly (45.89)
Simon Burnett:, 200 free (1:31.20)
400 free relay- 2:48.39
800 free relay- 6:16.67
200 medley relay- 1:23.88
400 medley relay- 3:06.08
2005 3rd 388 Simon Burnett, 200 free, (1:33.28)
2004 4th 322
2003 8th 205 Simon Burnett, 200 free (1:33.66)
2002 7th 242 Roland Schoeman, 50 free (19:18
2001 6th 251
2000 3rd 360.5 Ryk Neethling, 200m free, 400m free
1999 5th 296 Ryk Neethling, 200, 500, 1650 free
1998 6th 185 Ryk Neethling, 200, 500, 1650 free
1997 16th 84 Ryk Neethling, 1650 free (14:34.44)
1996 14th 106.5 Martin Pepper, 100 fly (46.74)
1995 8th 211
1994 13th 108 Chad Carvin, 500, 1650 free
1993 4th 263 Seth Pepper. 100 fly (46.51) &
Newman, Abernethy, Pepper, McQuitty, 200 MR
1992 5th 238
1991 7th 195
1990 10th 154