March 27, 2009
COLLEGE STATION, Texas – The Arizona men gave a spirited and passionate effort tonight on night two of the NCAA Championships in College Station, Texas. The men currently sit in fifth place with 229 total points.
Jack Brown shaved almost two seconds off his already school record time in the 400 individual medley with a fourth place showing of 3:41.49. Brown started off slowly, but really poured it on over the breast and freestyle strokes. His finish awarded Arizona 15 points.
The duo of Jean Basson and Nicolas Nilo competed in the 200 free championship heat for the Cats and placed fourth and sixth, respectively, with times of 1:32.77 and 1:33.76. Arizona came away with 28 total points from their efforts in the event. Arizona alum Simon Burnett still holds the NCAA record in the 200 free with his time of 1:31.20 set in 2006.
In the 200 medley relay, the team of Jake Tapp, Marcus Titus, Bryan O’Connor and Jordan Smith placed fourth overall with a time of 1:23.93. Tapp gave Arizona a good start but the team couldn’t hold it over the breast and butterfly competitions.
In the diving well, Ben Grado could not earn a bid into the top-16 during prelim competition in the 3-meter event. Grado finished 19th overall with a score of 348.25.
Freshman A.J. Tipton gave his team a boost in the 100 fly consols by turning in a fourth place time of 46.14. In prelims, Tipton qualified 15th. Tipton’s time was a new personal best and fastest for any Wildcat this season.
School record holder Marcus Titus swam a 52.21 in the 100 breast to earn a seventh place showing in the championship heat. Titus has now lowered his school record in three of his last four 100 breast competitions. Five of the eight swimmers in the 100 breast finals swim for Pac-10 schools.
Jake Tapp, swimming in the 100 back consols, placed second with a time of 46.07. Tapp was the early leader after 50 yards, but Florida’s Rexford Tullius out-touched Tapp for the win.
The Cats closed the night with a thrilling 800 free relay team of Basson, Nilo, Nimrod Shapira Bar-Or and Joel Greenshields just being edged out for the NCAA title. Texas took the early lead, but Shapira Bar-Or would keep Arizona in it before Greenshields would pull even with the Longhorn anchor through 100 yards. But Greenshields, known to teammates as 'Wheels', couldn't keep his pace and Texas pulled it out. Arizona had won the 800 free relay for the past three years. Texas posted an NCAA and American record time of 6:10.16 to Arizona's 6:11.82.
Standings through Day Two
1. Texas 348
2. Auburn 342
3. Stanford 298.5
4. California 239
5. Arizona 229
6. Florida 225